Bougainvillea: A potential ornamental plant
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis Willd)
belongs to the family Nyctagin- aceae, which is
composed of 30 genera and 300 species but in
Pakistan only 5 genera and 11 species are
destroying mango trees
THE present mango disease that has devastated many mango trees
first in the Punjab and recently in Sindh, is visually
identifiable by slowly yellowing and wilting
leaves in scattered areas.
mangoes of Pakistan
MANGO is a delicious fruit grown in slightly
less than ninety tropical and sub-tropical
countries in the world. The fruit is mostly
eaten fresh as a dessert.
Handling of Mangoes
MANGOES can be successfully stored for up to
three weeks if the recommended harvest maturity,
post harvest handling and storage conditions are
Living with nature
A gentle drizzle patters on the leaves of fruit
trees in the orchard as dawn turns the sky a
watery pink and the sun begins to make its
appearance. Birds sing and rustle in the
undergrowth and a nocturnal Flying Squirrel
disappears off to bed after a long night of
feasting on the ripening black figs and brambles
which flourish on the perimeter fence of our
Mango Tree Mortality
Mango, Mangifera indica L. is
one of the most important fruit which is
exported to many countries such as Dubai, Saudi
Arabia, UK, Germany, France, Holland,
Switzerland, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia.
Marigold poor man's saffron
Marigold, calendula officinalis, with its
pale-green leaves and golden orange flowers, is
a familiar sight in spring in homes and in
grandens. It belongs to family compositae. The
botanical name comes from the latin clendae,
meaning the first day of the month. What is not
known, is Its value in cookery and medicine.
There is something very special about Bell
Flowers, more correctly termed as members of the
‘Campanulaceae’ family of plants.
Neem The wonder tree
Most of the
pesticides currently in use have caused serious
social and environmental repercussions.
Insecticides derived from plants are
ecologically desirable and economically
advantageous. More than 2,400 plant species
possess pest control properties.
New garden planning
Q. There is an area of about 100 sq. yds. At the back of our new house where we
plan to make a kitchen/beauty garden. Do you have any ideas please?
A. The recent gardening series ‘The
Edible Garden Dream’ which ran in six issues of
‘The Review’ would be ideal to consult for your
requirements but, if you cannot get hold of
this, then make a trip to your local Sunday
bazaar or to a second hand book shop and pick up
a few gardening books from overseas as these
should give you lots of good ideas..
Horticultural societies in demand
Q. I want to do a course in gardening, could you please point out some suitable
places where I can enroll in one.
A. Once again, I suggest that you get in
touch with your local Horticultural Society as
they should be aware of what courses are
available in your area.
Psychological Benefits of Gardening
In fact, even the sight of a few trees, the view
from a window at home or at work, can provide
satisfaction. Similarly, landscape areas can
also be a source of satisfaction; weather or not
one participate in their maintenance.
Sumptuous Sweet Williams
So simple to grow, yet sadly overlooked by the
majority of gardeners, ‘Sweet Williams’ give a
sumptuous and, if you have the right varieties,
delicately perfumed display with the minimum of
The edible garden – part 1
Chopping vegetables at the kitchen counter this
morning, heavy snow gusting sideways across my
line of vision and wondering which gardening
subject readers may find of interest next, it
suddenly struck me that the majority of
ingredients for the Vegetable Spaghetti sauce I
was ‘inventing’ actually came from my garden.
The edible garden – part 2
If you studied Part 1 of ‘The Edible Garden’ you may have realized that I left
you facing 50 square yards of soil and manure or mulching material with
absolutely no way of getting from A to B without sinking up to your knees in the
The edible garden – part 3
The orientation of ‘The Edible Garden’ is
something that must not be overlooked, as, the
south facing wall for example, will be much
warmer and sunnier than the wall facing north
which should have a decent amount of shade.
The edible garden – part 4
The boundary wall of ‘The Edible Garden’ should,
by this time, have been planting with a good
assortment of climbers which produce something
useful and tasty to eat so we will now take a
look at what you can grow to keep them company.
The edible garden – part 5
Now that the boundary wall and adjacent borders
are under control, I hope, we can make a start
on the central area of ‘The Edible Garden’.
The edible garden – part 6
In this, the final part of ‘The Edible Garden’
series, we will take a look at something which
no such garden is complete without….that all
important source of numerous additional vitamins