Category Archives: Propagation

Does a Bear Plant in the Woods?

Apparently so.  A visiting bear was apparently gorging on some sort of prunus – likely a wild (native or escaped) plum – and deposited a pile of seed-laded droppings in the fall, east of the garden, right outside the trail … Continue reading

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Rosemary Rooting

I’ve been doing a lot of “layering in place” experiments, which is I guess technically air layering.  I basically cut a slit in a plastic pot, wound the stem of the plant – in this case rosemary – wire the … Continue reading

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Lots of Layering Lately

I’ve been spending long hours in the garden, puttering and propagating, and lately doing a lot of layering. This propagation technique seems particularly suited for plants that are inclined to root from cuttings, and for those that readily root when … Continue reading

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Graduation!

To conserve rooting medium, water, time and space, I typically root cuttings in gang pots, which depending on what I’m rooting might hold a few to as many as a dozen cuttings. For instance, when I prune the blueberries in … Continue reading

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Seeding Nettles and Others

Finally got around to seeding (a little late, I realize) stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), alum root (Heuchera richardsonii), creeping Oregon grape (Mahonia repens) and salal (Gaultheria shallon). The nettles I planted for pesto, the alum root because I’m intrigued by … Continue reading

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Sanding Seeds and Preparing for Fall

Gardening is a year-round endeavor. Having finally finished (mostly) the summer vegetable infrastructure – toms, peppers, squashes, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers, and melons planted, irrigation set up and automatic timers ticking, structural supports and trellises in place, rows mulched – I … Continue reading

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Tree Project Project – New Seeds, and Ginkgos in the Ground

A few days ago, I received in the mail another shipment of Hibaku seeds – two more ginkgo and two jujube – from my friend Hiroshi Sunairi, he of Tree Project Film fame. In the package was a screener of … Continue reading

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Sharing (Sunflower Seeds) is Caring

Spring is convincingly here, and many plants are picking up steam, budding and leafing out and stretching and flowering.  I spent some time over the last few days planting and pruning and preparing, and it’s good to be out in … Continue reading

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Early Spring Seeding

It’s been rather warm here over the last few days, and although we’ve had some rain, totals for the year remain quite low.  I was able to take advantage of recent rains, and scattered some seeds out in the various … Continue reading

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Communal Blueberry Cuttings

Spent some time this afternoon pruning and puttering and watering (!) in the garden this afternoon.  After thinning out the blueberries, I selected 30+ cuttings and potted them up in these communal pots.  In the spring, once they (hopefully) show … Continue reading

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