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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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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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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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Signs of Spring, Golden Currants and a DIY Greenhouse

Spent the whole day in the garden, puttering, pruning, and propagating. The rhubarb is waking up, another sign that spring is here, and the Nanking cherries I planted last year are blooming – pictured below is the one planted in … Continue reading

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Constantinople Quince!

I traveled to the Sierra Seed Cooperative’s seed exchange to pick up the Constantinople Quince I bought from the Felix Gillet Institute.  It’s a nice tree – well rooted, lively and healthy.  I put it in the ground in the … Continue reading

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Blue Honeysuckle and Red Currants

Good news – the Lonicera caerulea cuttings I acquired last spring are showing signs of life, and I think that both (zarnitsa and blue velvet) will be ready for planting out in the food forest in the spring. In other … Continue reading

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A Seed Library, Andean Vegetables, and How To Fold a Seed Bindle

At Bootjack Garden, a fantastic blog about a garden not so far from my own (~146 miles south and east, near Yosemite), Katie recently posted about the idea of seed libraries, and I was immediately inspired to see about getting … Continue reading

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Pruning and Propagating and Hoping…

Last year was a good year for grape propagation, and so I spent the day pruning the grapes, which have gone dormant, and potting up cuttings thus: I’ve been gang potting cuttings lately, as it saves time and materials, and … Continue reading

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