Propagating Plum Trees from Hardwood Cuttings

Last year my plum tree was the victim of a savage deer rubbing attack. The bark was stripped all the way around the trunk leaving no possibility of water passing toward the top of the tree through the cambium layer. It was frustrating to say the least. Two varieties of plum trees are necessary for good cross pollination to produce fruit and one of mine was doomed. Or so I thought. I took a chance and cut the plum tree down then took cuttings from the top of the plum that had not yet had time to dry out. I treated the cuttings with rooting hormone then stuck them in pots of soil. I put about 9 cuttings each in small 6 inch square nursery pots. I was in a hurry and just used whatever soil I had around at the time. I didn't expect much but figured it was…

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Garden Update From The Weekend

This weekend was a busy one in the garden! The weather was sunny, although with a fair amount of wind on Saturday but Sunday afternoon was very pleasant.  This time of year is always exciting.  Gardening activities are resuming in earnest and a lot can be done to prepare for a great gardening season.  On Saturday we began working on the Spring Hill Children's Garden.  It's the first of its kind here in our town.  We're combining it together with a community garden and a farmer's market and because of the amount of interest that has already been generated I'm sure it will be an exciting project!  We managed to get a portion of the garden marked off and a gathering area cleared for kids to listen to gardeners and for various project activities. I'll highlight more on the children's garden later. On Sunday I picked up my tiller from…

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Around the Garden in February

Purple Crocuses This are warming up again around our Tennessee garden this February.  While I'm writing this post spring-like storms are pouring down outside.  February again seems more like March than February!  But that's how it is sometimes with our weather patterns in TN.  We get some crazy stuff sometimes.  The unseasonable warmth has given rise to many things that would normally be postponed until later.  Some plants seem right on schedule while others are early - too early.  For today's post here is a quick look around my garden at what's happening! Blooms from daffodils in the Japanese maple garden are brightening up our patio area! The daffodils in the Japanese maple garden  More crocuses are beginning to emerge in one of our front gardens.  This 'Autumn Joy' sedum is sprouting new growth.  'Autumn joy' has a tendency to flop over in the summer.  You can reduce that from…

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Still Waiting on the Warmth and a Vegetable Garden Update

This winter has been bitterly cruel.  Not bitterly cold, just bitterly cruel.  It's tempted us into believing that spring was almost here, then the ground hog predicted 6 more weeks of winter..and we laughed. The weather was warm and what do groundhogs really know about the weather?  Do they have live Doppler radar in buried in their dens?  I don't think so, but hey, I've been wrong before! Seriously though I'm ready for warmer days. The trees are too.  One of our plum trees is only a few days of sunshine away from bursting out in blooms.  It's too early for it to flower. It would be so easy for a damaging frost between now and April 15th to completely decimate any 2012 plum harvest.  Fortunately they are small trees and if I keep an eye on the plums and the weather I should be able to protect them. The…

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Two Plums Up!

This weekend I am proud to say that our edible landscaping situation has been improved by two plums! We planted two (hopefully delicious) plum trees along our sideyard. To get proper pollination you have to plant two varieties that bloom within the same window so that they may cross pollinate. The two plums trees were Prunus salacina 'Morris' and Prunus salacina 'Bruce'. One of the trees was loaded with spent blossoms and the promise of fruit to come. I know that it isn't wise to allow it to fruit in its first year in the ground. I "should" pick off the fruits and encourage the root system of the plum to fill in and get well established. The truth is I'm not disciplined enough! I will be thinning some of the potential plums  in order to make larger fruit. If you look at the first picture of one branch of…

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