Six on Saturday – 06/23

Another "Six on Saturday" - thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com, the originator, for the inspiration! 1. Foxglove frenzy I never fancied the spiky (raceme) flower form of foxglove, lupin, or similar, but I think that's mostly because of how I saw them planted. The large clustered plantings don't work well with this style of flower - the … Continue reading Six on Saturday – 06/23

Plant Club

The first rule of plant club is to talk a whole bunch about plant club. Ok, so this post is on a whim, and full of forced jokes that are probably unfunny, so you'll have to either bow out or bear with me. Ever seen the movie fight club, or read the book? A real … Continue reading Plant Club

Six on Saturday – 06/16

Here's my latest sos update - thanks to https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com, the originator, for the inspiration! I vacillated between doing a grass theme and a mix of things, but since the vast majority of my perennials are not quite ready, grass seems appropriate. The variety of grasses I now "own" has actually kind of surprised me! Today … Continue reading Six on Saturday – 06/16

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

Computational companion planting

I wasn't planning on posting this, but I figured others might actually find it useful. I've been working on a project to scrape structured plant data from various sources (https://github.com/christabor/plantstuff) and as part of that, did a quick experiment in graphing out companion plants. The full size image is rather large, so check it out … Continue reading Computational companion planting

Microscopic propagation cuts – shears or scalpel?

I've read or otherwise heard debate on how to cut cuttings... typically this centers around angle and location of cut, primarily for root formation. However, I've also heard smaller discussion around the tools used to prepare the cutting. This involves two methods: traditional scissors or shears (bypass pruners), which make a shearing cut, or scalpel/knife, … Continue reading Microscopic propagation cuts – shears or scalpel?