Growing Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

I've always been one to enjoy experimenting with plant propagation in the garden. This past weekend, since the weather was so pleasant, I went on  hardwood cutting spree.  Hardwood cuttings are very easy to do. The success rate varies quite a lot depending on the type of plants you are trying to propagate. I took around 40-50 cuttings of 4 types of Japanese maples, red trig dogwood, peach trees, viburnums, and hydrangeas. How to Make Hardwood Cuttings Taking hardwood cuttings is a very simple procedure. Just follow these general steps below and if you have questions just leave a comment in the comment section! When to Take Hardwood Cuttings: Hardwood cuttings should be taken after the plants have gone dormant which usually happens after a hard freeze.  You need a few things to get started: Container, Propagation Medium, Rooting Hormone, Sharp Pruners or Knife, Water, and of course the material…

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Winter Garden Plants

When you look out at your garden in the winter what do you see? Is it dull and drab with little or no interest? Or does it have something in it that pops and makes your garden standout in the neighborhood? What might be the difference between that boring winter landscape and the awesome winter garden is the plants. Winter garden plants can add a lot of impact to your landscape. Plants with berries, green foliage, or interest stems add the element of winter interest to the garden. What winter garden plants should you add for maximum impact? I'll detail a few options for you. Winter Garden Plants Holly - for the foliage and berries. For the purposes of this post we can talk about two main types of holly deciduous and evergreen. Both are great for winter color but are significantly different this time of year. Evergreen hollies like…

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The Gardens Around the Shed

It's been a while since my last garden shed update and I've done a few more things. Not directly on the shed itself but around the shed. You'll see in the pictures below that there are two distinct garden areas near the shed. One directly in front of the shed and the other to the left (eastern) side. In between the two gardens is a grass pathway plenty wide enough for people to walk through and easily wide enough for a riding mower also. Today I'll show you an overview of the gardens (which of course are still a work in progress - isn't it always?) and tomorrow I'll show a few of the plantings. Here's the front of the shed and the main planting bed. On the left you'll see a 'Shenandoah' switchgrass with a sunflower peaking out from behind it. Directly to its right is a planting combination…

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