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Growing Year Round Beans

By ACS Distance Education on April 26, 2018 in Environmental Issues & Horticulture | comments

Growing Beans Year Round 

For the home vegetable garden, the most widely grown beans are usually common (green) beans, runner beans, and broad beans. The common bean is known by a number of other names including green beans, French beans, haricot beans, flageolet, and string beans. They are all cultivars of Phaseolus vulgaris. Most green beans have a compact or bushy growth habit and are referred to as ‘bush beans’, or sometimes ‘dwarf beans’.  Some cultivars have a climbing habit and are known as pole beans. Runner beans, Phaseolus coccineus, are also climbers. They have striking red flowers which have made them popular as ornamental vines as well as vegetable crops.  Broad beans, Vicia faba, go by many other names like faba beans, fava beans, horse beans, field beans and English beans. It all depends where you live. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, broad bean is the preferred name whereas in the United States they are called fava beans. 

 

Grow Flowering Nursery Plants

By ACS Distance Education on April 19, 2018 in Horticulture | comments

All gardeners and nurserymen know that a plant sells better when it has a flower on it.

One trick to being successful in any nursery is thus, learning how to get plants to flower - then selling them before the flower is lost.

 

Green Wall Maintenance

By ACS Distance Education on April 18, 2018 in Built Environment & Horticulture | comments

Designing and building a green wall is only the start. Seeing the plants thrive and stay in good condition is another thing.

If the vertical garden is designed well and maintained appropriately, using well chosen plant cultivars; the affect can be great; but with a lack of knowledge, resources or effort, a green wall can deteriorate very fast. 

 

Horticulture Jobs

By ACS Distance Education on December 15, 2017 in Horticulture & Jobs Success | comments

There are a huge array  opportunities for a career in horticulture.

Horticulture can be divided into two broad themes; amenity and commercial. 

Amenity horticulture is the decorative side of the profession and so involves designing, maintaining, and restoring gardens where people enjoy themselves.  This can include the cultivation of turf for sport. 

Commercial horticulture is the growing of plants for sale.  The plants grown can vary from tropical orchids for cut flowers through to vegetables and fruit.

 

Learn to Manage the Land Better

By ACS Distance Education on June 1, 2017 in Environmental Issues & Horticulture | comments

Land has never been more precious. 

Anyone who owns land has a responsibility to care for that land properly - to both protect your own investment and to protect the legacy you leave to future generations.