Today I did a few garden related things just to get outside - nothing major - nothing terribly exciting. Just a few little things as an excuse to breathe some fresh (and rather cold) air. The weather forecast calls for snow flurries over night but little or no accumulation - at least in our area.
Butterfly Bush Cuttings
red twig dogwoods, the 'Powis Castle' artemisia, the salvias, the gaillardia the one that received the most comments was the butterfly bush! I gave away many cuttings that day but no one has reported back to me that any lived. I figured I would root some hardwood cuttings to give away in the spring. Butterfly bush is really easy to root. I used rooting hormone on cuttings with multiple nodes and stuck them in sand (see my page on rooting butterfly bushes for more "how to" details). I put them in a nice pot indoors for them to root over the winter. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have some rooted cuttings to share. (Free plants are just one benefit to becoming a member of garden clubs!)
I Dumped out the Compost
I took a load of compost that's been sitting in an old nursery pot just off of our patio. I use the old nursery pots as temporary holding spots for compost material until I can get around to dumping it in the back compost bin. It works pretty good except that when it gets cold I get lazy and I don't get the compost back to the bin as often as I should!
I Tinkered on the Blog
Last year I put together a post to use as a directory of sorts for all the landscape plans, designs, and layouts that I've put together for our yard over the years. I spent a little time today improving the layout of the layout page! I added short descriptions, thumbnail pictures of the designs, and arranged the thumbnail pictures to double as links to the post where I talked about the plan.
And that's about it! I know it's not much but maybe, just maybe, it was enough for me to get outside for a few minutes.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Random December Gardening
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.