Propagation=Creation

March 30, 2018

My propagation success has never been very good, but I admit, I am the queen of short-cuts. Usually, the sequence goes like this: 1. Oops, I broke off a branch. 2. Where’s a pot with some dirt in it? 3. Let me shove this broken branch into that pot. 4. Not the greatest success rate.

Here’s an old (but still useful) article I’ve had for a while about propagation featuring Evelyn Weidner of Weidner’s Gardens and her propagation techniques.   It’s not rocket science, but I learned some interesting tips about propagating.  Propagation = Creation!

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It’s Time To Plant Bareroot Trees

Planting bareroot trees can seem intimidating, but it really doesn’t have to be.  Check out my article in the San Diego Union Tribune: Short Season For Bareroot Trees is Here

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January in the Garden 2018

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

It’s been really dry, but there is promise for rain next week.  Yes, please!

It’s cool in the yard, so most plants are in their resting phase.  They work hard the rest of the year, so let them gain their strength, because as soon as the weather hints at spring, they set their growing into motion.  Worm castings and mulch are the priorities for me in my garden.

Very importantly, I remind everyone at the new year to check your shot records for your last tetanus shot.  With our hands in the dirt, it’s important to be up to date on that one!

Here’s a more detailed list of things to do in the garden in January. Happy 2018!!!

January in the Garden 2018

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October in the Garden 2017

October 1, 2017

October in the garden is one of our busiest months.  The weather is beginning to cool down (we hope!), making garden time pleasant again.  Days are still long enough to enjoy some afternoon time outside.  We need to continue on from September’s work to get our gardens cleaned up and planted.

Here’s your list of things to do this month:  October in the Garden 2017

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Propagating Succulents

September 12, 2017

I am forever taking cuttings from my plant collection.  It can be slow but it’s satisfying work, and I have so many plants now I can share freely with my friends.

Did you catch my article on Sept 9, 2017 in the San Diego Union Tribune on succulent propagation? Here it is:

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Fantastic Fungi

September 6, 2017

I love Louie Schwartzberg’s (Blacklight Films) beautiful videos. Here’s a collaboration he did with Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti.

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September in the Garden 2017

September 1, 2017

September in the Garden 2017 – I always like this time of year.  We’re finishing up our summer growing season, and this is when I start to think about cleaning out and prepping for the spring garden.  Here’s a monthly list of things to do in your garden this month.

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February in the Garden 2017

February 1, 2017

Already we’re a month into the new year!   February is the month I start seeing the possibility of my summer garden.  We’ve had lots of good rain so plants have gotten a good soaking.  As days are getting longer and the sun is shifting higher in the sky, plants are getting ready to start growing […]

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Frosty came to visit….

January 2, 2017

We’re waiting for more rain, and the weather has been pretty nippy where I live. Frosty came to visit a few weeks ago.  So far, no frost damage in my garden, but the potential for damage is definitely there. I’m on the coast so it’s not as big a concern for me as it is […]

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Tomato Time

May 20, 2016

Here’s an interesting infographic on tomatoes.   I didn’t know about the copper wire around the base of the plant to prevent powdery mildew.  I wonder if it really works? Credit: Victor Paiam A few more tomato tidbits for you: A guide to Pruning Tomatoes A guide to Grafting Tomatoes And if you really want […]

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Wild Fruit Before Domestication

May 5, 2016

Wild fruit before domestication look very different than we would recognize today.  I thought this video was very interesting!

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