Right Plants 4 me. Free garden plant advice website

March 19, 2012

A year on and we’ve added and improved the www.rightplants4me.co.uk website.

It’s easy to find and identify garden plants as well as wildflowers and weeds.

Simply select plants by their name, flower and or leaf colour, period of interest, height, aspect and soil type.

You can nor make plants lists. (1) Plants I Have and (2) Plants I want

This is useful when designing your garden to have year round colour and interest.

You can print your plants I want lists and take it with you to the Garden Centre.

Plants I have shows you which plants you have in any chosen month AND it will also let you know which plants you have in any month that need pruning PLUS how to prune them correctly.

You can add your own personal note to any plant. I don’t like labels so I keep a record of my plants and where they are in the garden. This is very useful because for example Clematis look very similar when dormant, with my notes and reminder when to prune my plants I know exactly which Clematis needs pruning, where it is and how to prune it. Some need hard pruning becuase they flower on this years new growth whereas some flower on old wood.

Here is an Iris with a note added

I’ve added time lapses of plants growing and flowers opening. They show some of the fascinating growth and design.

I hope you fine the site useful.

I want to build the site so I’m keen to meet photographers and authors to help the site GROW.

Although the site has UK flowering and planting times, it won’t take too much work to make it specific for the US and European countries. Please let me know if this is of interest.

Best wishes

neil

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Tomato splitting and tomato blight identification

July 29, 2008
Tomato splitting due to irregular watering

Tomato splitting due to irregular watering

Growing healthy tomatoes

Growing healthy tomatoes

It’s important to keep your tomatoes continuously watered otherwise when the soil dries up, the tomato skins harden.

When the plant is watered again the tomato fruits can no longer swell properly due to the hardened skin and so the fruit splits. Fungal spores can then enter the wound and ruin the fruit.

Tomato blight

Tomato blight

 Tomato blight identification on tomato fruit

The tomatoes ripen in sunlight so it’s a good tip to cut away some of the leaves to allow the sunlight to reach the fruit. Removing some of the leaves will allow air to circulate and reduce the risk of fungal attack.

Tomato care. Picking off side shoots

Tomato care. Picking off side shoots

 Remove any shoots as they will be taking nutrients away from the ripening fuits.

Mulch around the base of the plant to help reduce water loss.

It’s the end of July and the first few of my tomatoes in the greenhouse have ripened.

For plant care advice see the Complete Garden software for PC & MAC


Garden Plant Flower Power

January 24, 2008

Garden plant advice encyclopedia CD-ROMWe have the solution to finding the right plants in the right place so you can create a beautiful garden design of your dreams.
The basics are finding out what sort of garden conditions you have and then choosing the right plants that will suit the different areas of your garden plus your colour and season needs.
Not all plants will grow in certain conditions, so it’s important to find out which areas have full sun, partial shade and full shade
Sketch out a layout of your garden. It’s best to pick a sunny day and starting in the morning mark on your sketch the areas of the garden that have shade. Repeat the same in the middle of the day and again in late afternoon.
Finally you will end up with a sketch mapping the areas in your garden that have full sun, partial shade and full shade.
Plant will grow in all these aspects but knowing which will grow where can be daunting. However we have the solution to this problem. It’s an interactive plant finder resource that will find plants for shade within seconds as well as plants for full sun and plants that thrive in partial shade. 
It is important to mention that the season will effect the amount of light you’ll get in your garden so take this in to consideration. Autumn and winter periods have shorter daylight lengths so don’t worry if you’re only getting 4 hours of sun. The sun is lower in the sky so you’ll also have more shade than in the summer.
pH of your soil. You can find the pH of your soil by using a soil tester. These testing kits will show if you have an acid soil, a more neutral pH or an alkaline soil.
Soil types, Clay, sandy, silty peaty, chalky, loam http://www.eais.net/soil/
Again the interactive plant advice resource can select plants to suit every soil type.
You can improve your soil by digging it to aerate thus improving drainage, remove weeds plus digging in organic compost to enrich it.
With the soil prepared and you know which areas have full sun and shade you can now start the fun and creative stage of planning your garden with continuous colour and seasonal interest by selecting plant by month, aspect, colour, height.
This information is basically what you pay a lot of money to Garden Designers for. Doing it yourself means you’ll save hundreds if not thousands of pounds which you can then put towards buying more plants.
The Complete Garden plant finder and pruning guide CD-ROM is both PC & MAC compatible software. It’s an interactive home plant encyclopedia that will find just the right plants for every aspect of a garden and seasonal need, effortlessly. It’s a garden planner that will help you by providing gardening advice to enable you to design you own garden with your own garden design ideas to find suitable plants for small garden design to larger landscape garden design
The CD-ROM main features are, plant identification, plant care, pruning advice, make visual plant lists, reminds you when and how to prune your plants, Add and print notes, link to specialist plant suppliers, find plants by colour, height, name, soil and aspect, exclude poisonous plants, articles, plant names explianed, garden pests and diseases, free access to UK discussion advice forum

www.complete-gardens.co.uk

Plant Finder and pruning guide encyclopaedia CD-ROM

December 13, 2007

Plant Finder encyclopedia CD-ROM 

Home gardening.

To assist garden enthusiasts to find the right plants to suit their garden conditions, Complete Gardens CD-ROM Ltd has designed and produced a British made interactive Plant Finder encyclopaedia CD-ROM.

Finding the right plants is so quick and easy.

Planting ideas

The British made software is designed to select and display only the plants to suit your needs.

You simply move the mouse and choose any combination of flower / leaf colour, the aspect from full sun to shade, the month or period of interest, your soil type, moisture level, height or name.

The computer selects and displays the best plants within seconds. This saves hours searching through books and the Internet.

Gardening tips

Not all plants will grow in certain soils or aspect, so selecting the ones that will thrive in your garden is an important factor. Being able to select the right plants for shade or those that prefer full sun will save money and allow you to choose plants to create a garden with seasonal colour and interest.

Each plant is plant is accompanied with in-depth description, planting advice, propagation, garden pests and diseases.

Garden design ideas

Knowing when plants are in flower or have attractive leaves, berries, bark etc. allows you to find the right plants to design a garden of your dreams.

Garden planner.

It is possible to make visual plant lists which links to the Calendar. Keep a record of the ‘Plants I have’ and ‘Plants I want’. You can see which plants are in flower and choose companion plants to accompany them. You can also select new plants so that when plants finish flowering you can find others to create a continuation of colour in the flower border.

You can select plants by height and choose plants for the front of the border and select others for the middle or back of the border.

Add your own printable notes with images

Garden styles.

The CD-ROM has garden design ideas and styles created by garden experts. The plants are named so that you can print the list and take it with you to find the plants in the Garden Centre. There is a link to specialist nurseries and suppliers if your local Garden Centre doesn’t stock the plants http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/online/online-browse-plant-garden-suppliers.php

Find garden plants for all seasons

You can find winter flowering plants as easy as finding plants for spring, summer or autumn colour.

There are lists of plants for garden designs ranging from Japanese garden design, plants to suit a small urban garden and  plants used to create an English garden design.

Garden plant advice 

Each plant is accompanied with illustrated pruning advice so you’ll know precisely how to prune your plants from apple tree to how to prune knockout roses or clematis.

We’ve added 200 drought tolerant plants to cope with recent climate changes

We’ve hundreds of plants to attract wildlife including over 600 to attract butterflies.

For more information please see www.complete-gardens.co.uk

PC compatible including Vista

Mac OS X compatible including Leopard