Plants to Propagate in Winter

Winter is officially here! If you're reading this post you are probably thinking what I can do in the garden in winter? Well if you're a fan of plant propagation you should try some winter plant propagation! What plants you can propagate and at what time of the year largely depends on the type of wood you select for the cuttings. At this time of year we are looking at hardwood cuttings which can be taken from a number of different types of plants. Below is a list of a few plants to propagate in winter. Plants to Propagate in Winter Arborvitae Caryopteris Crape Myrtle Dogwood (Cornus) Forsythia Fruit Trees (Peaches, Plums, and many others) Grape Vines Roses Russian Sage (Perennial/sub-shrub) Viburnum Willow Yew This list is not extensive! In general try hardwood cuttings from deciduous plants in the winter. My thought is if you are intending to prune something,…

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Video Update: Bradford Pear Tree Broken

Video UPDATE: Bradford Pear Tree As I expected we now have a second Bradford Pear Tree boken. In fact it's a rather dangerous situation due to heavy branch still attached to the tree. I've been working to get this tree cut down since this happened but take a look at why you shouldn't plant one of these problem trees. In fact avoid ANY Callery Pear tree as they are all similar in composition. Let's review why you shouldn't plant a Bradford Pear Tree: Weak Wood - They break often due to the "V" shaped branching pattern. They Smell Bad when in Bloom - think rotten meat! They are invasive!

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Time Spent on the Land

I've been spending a lot of time dreaming about what is to come for our family, our new house, and the gardens. It's easy to come up with ideas but always much more challenging to implement them. I've designed a potential house plan and I know how we would site it on the property. There is still a lot of planning that needs done before we can actually start building. I'm thankful for the opportunity to dream about what we could do there and each time I visit the land I feel a sense of peace, like this is exactly where we are supposed to be. Walking Trails I visited the land a few days ago to fix the driveway a little better. After that I walked the land. Just in the open spaces. One idea I have had is to install a walking trail around the property so I…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners 2017

The holiday season is in full swing and the good news is that gardeners are very easy to shop for! Whether your gardener likes gardening with vegetables, herbs, or ornamental plants there is something for everyone. Today here are some Christmas gift ideas for gardeners to help you find just the right thing! (Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links that help support this website. Thank you for reading!) Gift Ideas For Vegetable and Herb Gardeners Raised Beds Gardening in raised beds is an awesome way to grow your vegetables and herbs. Raised beds have a number of advantages. Raised beds are simple to build but if you don't have the time or the materials you can find some options for purchase available.   Elevated Raised Beds Elevated raised beds are great for those with space or mobility issues. They bring the garden to a more accessible height.…

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Picking a Garden Fertilizer

To grow a healthy plant healthy growing conditions are important. Sometimes all a plant needs is watering at the appropriate times. Often, you have to give the plant more and that is where fertilizers can be useful. Fertilizers provide extra nutrients that may not be readily available in the soil. There are many types of fertilizers available for gardeners to choose and it is important to match the fertilizer with the type of plant you are growing. Every plant has different needs and to maximize the growing potential you need to customize the garden fertilizer you choose! What is NPK? NPK stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These are the three main nutrients plants need but they are not the only ones necessary for good plant growth. Calcium, magnesium, and many other micronutrients also help plants to grow properly. A plant with a good balance of nutrition has good cell…

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Fall Color 2017 from Growing The Home Garden

I'm a big fan of foliage! There is no better time of the year than autumn for those who love foliage, and naturally fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I thought I would share with you some photos I have taken over the last month of the foliage from my garden. Tennessee often has amazing fall color and this year was no exception. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the fall color from my garden! Fall Color 2017 While its surroundings are lacking in appeal blueberry bushes always have some beautiful fall foliage. They are worth planting for ornamental value in addition to the edible berries. Fothergilla is an amazing plant for fall color! This Japanese Maple is 'Germaine's Gyration'. I missed the peak color by a day! There are few trees that can rival the fall color of a maple! This self sown maple…

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Zinnias and Butterflies

One of the things I love to do, but often don't have enough time to do, is visit gardens. I like seeing what ideas other gardeners have had and taking a bit of their creativity back to my garden. We recently visited a farm and picked some pumpkins for the fall. While a farm and garden can be vastly different operations, many techniques and ideas can be used interchangeably. One simple thing that I thought was very neat was the mass planting of zinnias. I've grown zinnias many times over the years but usually only plant a few here and there. On the farm they planted a massive row of zinnias which attracted loads of butterflies! Zinnias and Butterflies The wide row of zinnia flowers was as long as the first pumpkin field.  Butterflies were EVERYWHERE! This made me start thinking about what we might do done the road on…

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A Temporary Way to Fix a Gravel Driveway Drainage Issue

A couple months ago we finally found and purchased land to build a new home and (of course) new gardens. No matter what property you have there will always be imperfections that need to be addressed in some way. One of the biggest problems with our property is the driveway. It's a LONG driveway that is approximately 1000' before you get to the main property. In my mind this is a feature and not a problem. It puts our home and bulk of the land behind other large acre properties which will give us privacy from the road. The actual problem with the driveway is with the very front entrance to the driveway. It's a gravel driveway with a steep entry from the main road. When it rains the gravel begins to wash away so I needed to come up with way to a fix a gravel driveway drainage issue.…

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How to Buy Mums (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

OK, you might be thinking to yourself that this headline "How to Buy Mums" is about a topic we don't even need to discuss. Really, how hard can it be? You go to the nursery, pick out a full bushy plant full of blooms. You walk to the check out counter buy it and go home to plant it. If that's what you think then let me add one more thing to the purchase of your mums, don't buy the plants when in bloom! The Secret of How to Buy Mums The secret to long lasting chrysanthemum blooms in the fall is to buy your plants from the nursery when they are still in tight buds. If you look around at all the other mums on sale you can identify the colors you like then purchase plants that have little to no blooming. That way when you get them home…

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New Land, New Gardens, and a New Home

It's not everyday I get to write about something this life changing! You may remember that a while back I made an offer for some land. That piece of land didn't work out and I was pretty disappointed. Sometimes life has better plans and we just don't realize it at the time. Recently we found another piece of land for sale. It's not as big as the first property, but in almost all other ways it's better, more usable and still in a great location! It's 7.26 acres and only 6 minutes from town. Our area of Tennessee is a hotbed of real estate activity and this property is an amazing find. We closed on the land on Thursday and now we know where our future home will be! The Plan for the Land Our plan for right now is to maintain the land and hopefully begin building in about…

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