Monday, February 19, 2018

Ideas for Creating and Keeping a Garden Journal (Plus New Freebies!)

As promised!  We've updated our free mix-and-match garden journal printables to include a wider variety of different options for planning and tracking your plantings and garden tasks, and we've put together a comprehensive overview of ideas on creating a garden journal, examples with our worksheets, and tips for avoiding some of the common pitfalls and procrastination bumps of journal keeping.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Let's Plant! Tips for Planting and Propagating from Stem Cuttings

Many plants can be propagated from cuttings including stem, leaf, and/or root.  In this post, we'll focus only on stem cuttings.  Stem cuttings are one of my favourite ways to get free plants from my existing garden. Green cuttings are from fresh growth, and typically used for propagating houseplants, herbs, and other small soft bodied plants. Softwood cuttings are taken from the branches of plants and shrubs before they mature while hardwood cuttings are taken from the more mature woody growth. For any cutting method, it is best to start with a healthy donor plant to avoid spreading issues to offspring and/or placing a weak and vulnerable donor at risk.