Propagate & Grow Raspberries from pieces… plus willows and roses

Propagate & Grow Raspberries from pieces… plus willows and roses

Have you got plans to buy a clump of pussy willows at the next seedy Saturday or market? Did you get a piece of curly willow in your Valentine’s bouquet?  Or maybe, like me, your neighbour gave you some really amazing raspberry or rose  twigs after they finished pruning their plants. Here is how you can turn a woody plant into 100 woody plants easy peasy.

How Much Mulch Do Trees Need?

How Much Mulch Do Trees Need?

I felt like a fraud last week. I was having dinner with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott and she was correcting my understanding of wood mulch depth around trees. For years I have been insisting on 4 inches (10 cms) of wood mulch at the base of trees in new landscape installations. She was disputing that…. so If you are using bark mulch tell me how much mulch you use. You may be surprised by Linda’s suggestion.

Garden Decorating 2018

Garden Decorating 2018

Nancy and Darren have built picturesque flower frames and they call them Living Easels. Combining a found wooden frame plus rustic evergreen saplings for the easel poles, they made some beautiful garden decor. This blog post is a great big shout out to all the gardeners out there who are not only growing plants but growing beauty in their back yards. Nancy and Darren surprised me with their picturesque floral Living Easels and Tammy spruced up her strawberry pot with berries of a different kind.