Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

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Comment by kathy: ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:45am
I also have a great deal of luck putting almost any small, pruned, twig straight into the ground. As long as the ground is damp. I started 13 wigelias that way.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:41am
Thanks Joan. I knew there wasa ddifferent name for it. In spring and fall it's very easy to do in this area. I only have to make sure the twig stays in contact with the dirt. No digging necessary. I've started several star magnolias this way. And to many other plants to mention.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:57pm

Kathy, oh, yes, that is called layering. It is very simple to use with berries, forsythia, honeysuckle, boxwood and more. The article to which I direct you tells of the different plants that can be layered. 

I have never layered roses; I think Daniel has.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:38pm

Kathy, the way I propagate berries is the old fashioned, easy way. I am not recommending it, I am just saying how I do it. 

I find a root that I want to propagate, dig it out with a hand trowel or a shovel. I don't even take any pains or effort to do a neat job. A snip with clean by-pass pruning shears, I put the cutting into a bucket of water and put the cutting into a pre-dug hole where I want the new growth. I pour the bucket of water in the hole as I replace the soil, making sure there are no air bubbles. I keep the soil moist but not wet until I begin to see new grow and then start training the cane up a pole or fence.  

I used this technique when I went to the old farms and garden sites of both my grandmothers, 50 or more years after they left their places.

Another way is to call or visit your land grant college extension agent and request literature for growing berries in your area.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:24pm

Daniel, I thought the same thing. I imagined all the different ways to get the nutrient-rich-water to the plants and boxes without having to lift anything. Maybe a raised platform for the swimming tank to sit upon and a spigot at the bottom. That way, the water would have gravity to pull the water out of the reservoir, and a hose attached to the valve could be moved to wherever you wanted it to drain. 

Another way would be to relocate the pond to different places in the garden and then siphon the water out. I think he said he changed the water every other day. 

That would be a lot of water carrying in a lifetime. I can't do that kind of lifting anymore. My skeleton isn't powerful enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:12pm

Kathy, if my daffodils were breaking dormancy now, that would mean my roses and magnolia are not far behind and we will surely have another hard freeze before winter is over. The good news is, I would have more room for vegetables. However, I do love my roses and magnolia. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:09pm

Randy, you vegetable soup sounds so good. I don't have them out of the garden this year, so I went to the greengrocer after reading your post and selected the ingredients for a late-winter soup. My mouth waters. A nice loaf of bread and we are set for supper! 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:55pm
They can be transplanted after the root system develops. Or left where you started them.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:53pm
Many of my plants get started that way.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:53pm
We, locally, break a small branch of the bush, (but don't snap it in half) pull the broken branch down to the ground and weight it with a rock. It starts new bushes. Coming straight from, and still attached to, the main plant. I know it's called something else. It works with most bush plants

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