A new instagram account

So, as folks who come here may have noticed, I've been pretty much offline for most of the year. I've been quite busy, but I've still had time to do lots of plant related things, including buying more plants I don't need, or growing interesting new things. But, I just haven't had time to sit … Continue reading A new instagram account

Cool season crop planting – experimental methods

My garden this year has had a decent run, particularly tomatoes (beefsteak, grape, early girl, and Cherokee purple). My cooler season crops did poorly though, with the exception of the lacinato kale (a partial harvest pictured). My carrots are still going, and various leafy greens continue and will be harvest ready in a month i … Continue reading Cool season crop planting – experimental methods

Cardboard – a carbon sequestration and permaculture design tool

As of late I've been trying to decrease my carbon footprint, as well as reuse as much as I can, both in and out of the garden. This has led to two big things: Compost everything well, for me, anything that is not meat, dairy, oils, or processed foods (some exceptions like bread). I've been … Continue reading Cardboard – a carbon sequestration and permaculture design tool

Gearing up for winter – seed experiments

It's down to freezing temperatures at night over here, and this provides a kick in the pants to bring all the tender perennials in, and wrap up the little chores here and there (some last minute pruning, cleanup of herbaceous perennials, and last bits of raking). But the desire to grow and to garden persists … Continue reading Gearing up for winter – seed experiments

Six on Saturday – 06-02-2018

Here's my latest sos update - thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com for the inspiration! Having a few posts under my belt pretty much entirely dedicated to various yard activities, I decided to deviate a bit and actually show some of the cool plants themselves - that's what all the work is for anyway, right? 1. Valerian Root … Continue reading Six on Saturday – 06-02-2018

Six on Saturday – Memorial day weekend

Here's my latest sos update - thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com for the inspiration! 1. Lavender rescue Our family took a quick detour to a garage sale, where I snagged a few decrepit lavender in gallon pots, and proceeded to clean them up. $2 total, a steal! A bit of root trimming, a lot of top trimming … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Memorial day weekend

Six on Saturday – first attempt

EDIT: I wrote this last Saturday but (seemingly) forgot to publish! I've decided to try this whole "six on Saturday" thing. I realized that vegetative propagation is only a small part of what I enjoy, so I might as well include other things. Also, hat tip to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com for the inspiration. 1. Planting pots I've … Continue reading Six on Saturday – first attempt

Propagation analysis – so far

Overview This is a somewhat structured analysis of my propagation efforts. I originally wrote this a few months back, but thought I'd share. What works Fast-growing softwood herbs in water (and even potting mix or perlite/sand) are pretty much guaranteed. Using a bubbler to aerate the water helps, but with or without, it typically works. … Continue reading Propagation analysis – so far