Tomatoes. They’re very popular and can also be one of the more spendy vegetable starts to purchase. So… Can you save money by starting them from seed? Well, I’d say it’s likely! As soon as the tomato starts roll in, the nursery storefront gets hoppin’! Tomatoes (especially those heirloom varieties right now) are one of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Someone asked me just the other day… How long do seeds last? They always say packed for (insert year)… Are they still good a year later? Two years? Ten years? Good question! But no good answer, unfortunately. I’ve heard of seeds being discovered in ancient tombs that still germinate and grow! Yet I’ve also had […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is the first update on the experiment… Oregon Myrtle – Can it be started from a nut? And it looks like we have some germination! Final update, fall 2014: More than half of the myrtle nuts sprouted, but after a few weeks, they all became infected with mold and died. Later on in the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Plant questions and answers! This week: Can I root an African Violet leaf in water from my aquarium? Yes, I imagine that you probably could indeed root an African Violet leaf in aquarium water. You might want to keep a couple of things in mind though…Continue Reading... No Comments.
Another experiment under way… this one involving Oregon Myrtle nuts collected from the Southern Oregon coast in November. Can we sprout them? We have been told that it’s challenging…Continue Reading... No Comments.
Plant questions and answers! This week: Will African Violets grow under water? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Well, for the most part, an established African Violet would probably not respond well to being replanted underwater, but suckers started from a leaf cutting can survive (even thrive) underwater for quite a while… several months or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In July we went huckleberry picking in the foothills that are tucked away at the Western base of the Cascades mountain range. While climbing the road that twisted up to one of the ridges, we happened up on a cluster of unfamiliar berry bushes. The red and golden, raspberry-like fruits were enjoying a persistent summer […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s that time of year… time to start harvesting seed! In the past I’ve spend hundreds of dollars per year on plants for my garden. After a couple of years, I’ve seen how much money I can save growing my own plants from seed (literally down from ~$300 to under $100). As an extension of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Plant questions and answers! This week: How many cornflowers can grow from a root? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) This question could be asking a couple of different things, so I will answer both… Cornflowers (aka, bachelor buttons) are annuals, which means they grow for one growing season and then they die and don’t […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A year ago last spring I planted four raspberry plants in a desolate corner of the yard. I amended the poor soil with lots of peat, compost and fertilizer, worked it up really well, planted the starts two feet apart and planted them deep. I must have done everything right because now they are going […]Continue Reading... No Comments.