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
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
Lots of things have been happening here, but I've just lacked the energy to stay on top of posting. These cuttings are my first attempt to get back into it. My neighbor has a very large red alder (alnus rubrum) which tends to spread far and wide. I need to clean out a few large … Continue reading Propagating red alder + biochar
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
Another "Six on Saturday" - thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com, the originator, for the inspiration! It's been quite some time since I've done one of these but I'm glad to get back into it - the weather plays a big role here! Weather wise, it's been loopy - from a crazy freaky cold winter to a very … Continue reading Six on Saturday- 03/23
Looks like mother nature finally turned the dial to the right station - and now the volume has really kicked up! I was biding my time for nice weather - now I just need to keep my eyes open - it seems like it's gone in a blink. I've gotten all the detritus cleared - … Continue reading Spring catch-up
It was a beautiful day outside, and I've already gotten a load of wood chips delivered for free. We had a rare winter storm... ...that pummeled our area for all of February, giving us around two feet of snow. It's finally melted off, and I'm mostly impressed at how well my various plantings fared. I'm … Continue reading Indoor updates – nearly spring!
The star of the show - Baobob! (Adansonia grandidieri) Beautyberry I got this while visiting a friend in passing, and didn't really have any expectations of success. I soaked them in warm water for 24 hours, then sprayed with alcohol and water and put them in a petri dish with a moist paper towel. I … Continue reading Recent updates – almost to February!
In a previous post, I mentioned some new exotic plants I was growing from seed. They are coming along now, with some updates below. I also planted some more exotic seeds I got online since then. Adansonia grandidieri So far this is the prize of the show. It's a really fascinating tree that grows in … Continue reading Gearing up for winter – an update
So lately, I have been focusing my efforts on creating a self-contained "grow cart" that I can use for more exotic plants. In my previous attempts at winter indoor growing, I mostly optimized for maximizing the number of plants I could grow in a given location. That is not as realistic, and not as fun … Continue reading Grow chamber cart ~v1.5
This post is meant to chronicle my journey and research, and perhaps inform others about what to expect when trying to setup an all year growing area. There are several options I've found, yet each one is lacking in a significant way, making it challenging to determine exactly what you should do. I'm not an … Continue reading Growing options for the winter, a conundrum
I removed some leaves that fell off my kangaroo paw fern and noticing the sori, thought I might try growing them again. I was able to grow some sword ferns from outdoors year before last, but I hadn't started the blog at the time. I got them to the gametophyte stage, but my setup was … Continue reading Kangaroo paw fern spores
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
This giant hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos), flowering in nearly plate sized blooms, has mostly died back for the year. having planted it in an awkward spot, i decided to dig it up before it went all mushy on me. This is the second year, but after the shoots die back and disappear, it remains busy … Continue reading Divide and conquer
This is the progress from the most recent photos of several fatsia japonica cuttings I took this year. I grew them indoors during the cold and dreary days. These are a few months short of a full year of growth. The November photos reflect both of the two originals that rooted. They've grown pretty well … Continue reading Fatsia japonica cuttings – update
People that don't untangle roots when planting from containers are committing a crime against plants. I want to show you some great examples of how extensive and long root systems are when you bother to untangle them. There are several reasons for doing this, but i know of two big ones: root girdling, whereby the … Continue reading Free and Unbounded
Here's the scoop. Big thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com for starting the tradition and keeping folks like me honest. 1. Salvia Your classy white salvia. Simple and sweet. This dames no divinorum, but for a simple mound you can't go wrong. 2. Flowering hebe I bought this for the foliage - this groundcover is a real looker. … Continue reading Six on Saturday – 06/09
A while back I wrote an article on a concept I had come up with, based on an existing discipline that sort of falls into permaculture, called Hugelkultur. The article is a short read and dives into my motivations, so I recommend checking it out first. To recap on Hugelkultur specifically, it's a growing and … Continue reading Hugelscaping redux
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
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
It's been a while since I've posted about any vegetative propagation I've done. While I've not completely stopped, much of my energy has been devoted to other things. However, I did manage to try my hand at cherry laurel again. I have a very large tree version now, and while I really have no use … Continue reading Late spring Propagations
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
It's been a while since I've posted - spring is at fault. Right now things have been busy outside, and everything's exploding with greenery and flowers. My fervor to document everything has been subsumed by my desire to be outside every hour of daylight. But, I had left a pot of hardwood cuttings outside last … Continue reading Hardwood success
I thought it might be enlightening to see what I typically use for my propagation work. If you have any tips or suggestions, let me know.
Most of the grow area has been emptied out into the yard. But there are a few prized propagations that I'm still hesitant about - the very large Abutilon varieties in particular. While those stay inside, the lights have to be on. So what do you do? Turn it into a seedling start area! I … Continue reading Empty grow room – what’s next?
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
Over the last two years, my understanding of and relationship to soil has changed in some very useful ways. I am writing this post to share as I think most people's understanding of traditional landscaping and yard care is severely flawed. That might seem like a quite a claim, but let me just try and … Continue reading Reframing my outlook to soil
It's easy and fun to focus on the success stories of propagation, but it's not terribly useful for broadening your understanding. I decided I would spend some time reviewing the myriad failures I experienced. This is not a specific timeframe, but given that I started documenting the process at a length comparable to a growing … Continue reading A review so far – failures
It's starting to get warm enough outside that I've decided to experiment with a few of the diminutive propagations. These are low priority or interest items that I'm less concerned about losing. Granted, the nights are still a few degrees away from freezing, and many of these are used to growing in a 65-70 degree … Continue reading Planting out
Some daffodils I got from the Seattle garden show. 1 day under red/blue spectrum and they all bloomed at once. Recently planted bare root fruit trees. Plum, and 5-cherry (5 grafted types). I repurposed my vegetable planter as it was too deep, but is prefect for keeping fruit trees in check, and it looks kind … Continue reading Recent updates