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Horticulture

The science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants. Agriculture plays an important role in Pakistan’s economy contributing 25% to GDP, employs 44% work force of country. With in agriculture the horticulture is an important sector, production of fruits 6.2 mtons, vegetables 5.0 mtons, citrus 2.0 mtons, mangoes 1.0 mtons, dates 0.63 mtons and apples 0.4 mtons.Total exports of fruits and vegetables for 120435000 US$ and quantity 471693tons.

Off-season vegetables: growers advised to maintain temperature inside tunnels

January 09, 2015 - BR Report - Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has advised the growers of off-season vegetables to maintain the temperature inside tunnels from 15 degree centigrade to 30 degree centigrade to save the vegetables from diseases and ensuring a better yield. A spokesman of the provincial Agriculture department said here on Thursday that temperature of the tunnel should be maintained at 18 degree centigrade to 24 degree centigrade for cucumber, squash, pumpkin, egg…

10 simple tips for your best tomatoes ever!

By Tim Stark - Organic Gardening Secrets to Tomato-Growing Success - 1. Choose a bright, airy spot. Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate. 2. Rotate even a little. Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soilborne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight. 3. Pass up overgrown transplants. When buying tomato seedlings, beware of lush green…

How to Grow Garlic: A Growing Guide

By Chester Aaron - Organic Gardening - Soil preparation: Garlic will tolerate some shade but prefers full sun. While I've seen cloves sprout in gravel pits, garlic responds best in well-drained, rich, loamy soil amended with lots of organic matter. Raised beds are ideal, except in very dry regions. Planting: To grow garlic, you plant the cloves, the sections of the bulb; each clove will produce a new bulb. The largest cloves generally yield the biggest bulbs. To get the cloves off to a…

Growing Lemons – How To Grow A Lemon Tree

By Nikki Phipps - Gardening Know How - Growing a lemon tree is not that difficult. As long as you provide their basic needs, growing lemons can be a very rewarding experience. How to Grow a Lemon Tree Outdoors Lemons are the most sensitive to cold than all other citrus trees. Due to this cold sensitivity, lemon trees should be planted near the south side of the home. Lemon trees need protection from frost. Growing them near the house should help with this. Lemon trees also require…

How to grow a lemon tree from seed

When life gives you lemons, grow trees! If you’ve ever seen a flowering lemon tree, you’ll understand why. For those of you who haven’t, allow me explain. Their lush, dark green, oval leaves have a glossy texture that shimmers in sunlight. Their delicate white flowers bloom with a citrus fragrance and are soft to the touch. Their exotic nature provides an alluring quality. And, finally, they bear the exciting possibility of fruit! Typically, lemon trees flourish outdoors year-round in…

Water Spinach Ipomoea aquatica – New Crops

World Crops -Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) is a member of the Convolvulaceae (Morning glory) family and the same genus as the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). Water spinach is an herbaceous aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant of the tropics and subtropics. It has a creeping growth habit but may grow erect in water. There are two major cultivars of water spinach. Ching Quat, also known as “green stem” water spinach, has narrow leaves and white flowers and is usually grown in moist soils.…

The Best Of Raised Bed Gardening

For space efficiency and high yields, it’s hard to beat a vegetable garden grown in raised beds. Raised beds can improve production as well as save space, time, and money. They also are the perfect solution for dealing with difficult soils such as heavy clay. In addition, raised beds improve your garden’s appearance and accessibility. Advantage Of Raised Bed Gardening Raised gardening beds are higher than ground level, and consist of soil that’s mounded or surrounded by a…

All about Grape – Introduction and Importance

History The cultivation of the domesticated grape began 6,000–8,000 years ago in the Near East. The earliest archeological evidence for a dominant position of wine-making in human culture dates from 8,000 years ago in Georgia. Yeast, one of the earliest domesticated microorganisms, occurs naturally on the skins of grapes, leading to the innovation of alcoholic drinks such as wine. The earliest known production occurred around 8,000 years ago on the territory of Georgia. During an…

How to Maximizing cauliflower production

by Muhammad Amjad Ali Vegetable crops are the eminent source of human nutrition.  Among the vegetables cauliflower is of much importance and cultivated about all over the year. It is a ‘Cole crop’ grown world wide for its head which is also called ‘curd’. It is a nutritious vegetable crop in the fact that unripe heads contain 7-10% dry mass, 4% carbohydrate, 2-3% protein, 60 mg vitamin C/100 g and other vitamins as well as minerals in traces. Pakistan is a large producer of…

Grow your own strawberries

About strawberries Strawberries can be grown in a wide range of soils, from light sand to heavy clay. However, waterlogging will cause the fruits to become diseased and the plant to rot. The ideal soil is well-drained and rich in humus. They prefer to be planted in full sun, out of the wind. Plants can be planted outdoors from late June until September. If planted later, the flowers should be removed in the first year so the energy is used to develop a healthy plant in year two.…

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