Propagate your landscape

first_imgWhen I first moved into my current home 15 years ago, the farm house in the pasture was completely void of any landscaping. I instantly fell in love with the rural paradise, but I had my work cut out to get the vacant landscape looking good.Having spent most of the budget on the 40 acres and house, there was not much left for the landscape. I decided that if I couldn’t afford an instant landscape, I would be patient and grow my own plants through propagation.Propagation can be a wonderful way to acquire new plants at a fraction of the cost of container-grown shrubs.With the small amount of money I had left from the home purchase, I invested in materials to build a small greenhouse. I put together a 12′ x 12′ structure to house my propagated seeds and cuttings. The addition of a crude misting system, ventilation and heating has allowed me to produce 80 percent of my landscape. While my mini-greenhouse has been helpful, you don’t necessarily need one to propagate your own plants.There are many forms of plant duplication including seeding, dividing, layering, grafting and taking cuttings. Taking cuttings can be one of the easiest ways to propagate new shrubs. While many plants can be successfully propagated through cuttings, some may be difficult or impossible to reproduce through this method. Pine species, cedar, redbud, gingko, laurels, Southern magnolia, dogwood and most common shade trees such as oak, elm, pecan and hickory can be a real challenge to grow from cuttings.Taking cuttingsCuttings collected in early summer are called softwood cuttings. Those collected in winter are called hardwood cuttings. Softwood cuttings are taken from the current season’s new growth. Select softwood cuttings in June, July and August.Take cuttings from healthy, disease-free shoots near the top of the plant. The trick is to find new wood that has not fully matured, yet is not too tender. Cuttings should be 4 to 6 inches long. Make a smooth slanting cut with a sharp knife. Cuttings will be inserted 1 to 2 inches deep in the rooting medium, so remove the leaves on the lower half of the stem. Be sure to leave 50 percent of the leaves at the top to manufacture food for the cutting.Dormant or hardwood cuttings are collected the same way, but the cuttings are taken during the winter months. First-time propagators will likely have more success with softwood cuttings.Almost all cuttings respond better when dipped in artificial rooting hormones, which are available at most nurseries as powders, liquids or gels. These hormones will encourage successful rooting.Rooting mediaCuttings are only as good as the soil they have to grow in. Start with a good, sterile medium. A general mix would be half peat moss and half perlite. Ground pine bark is also excellent when mixed with equal parts of perlite. Some folks have had success growing cuttings in pure vermiculite, a soil-less medium that absorbs water yet provides good aeration due to its particle size.Do not use garden soil as a propagation medium. It is too heavy and can contain diseases.Cutting careThe most common cause of failure in cutting propagation is uneven moisture. Never allow the propagation medium to dry out or become waterlogged. Keep relatively high humidity around the leaves at all times. Commercially-made mini-greenhouses are available, or you can make one yourself with wire and plastic to create a humid environment. These structures can range in size from a few feet to something as large as a dog house or bigger. A frame built of wood and plastic can also protect rooted plants in winter.Cuttings housed under plastic need water only once a week. Don’t add any kind of fertilizer to the medium until the cuttings have rooted.After the cuttings have produced a root system 1 inch long, transplant them into a soil mixture in individual pots. Most cuttings form adequate root systems in one to three months. A good soil mixture for potted plants is one-third peat moss, one-third sand and one-third top soil.Use a slow-release fertilizer in container plants and closely monitor water needs. Plants may need to root-out in containers for up to two years before being ready to transplant in the landscape. Some vigorous-growing plants may be ready to plant after one season in the container.While it takes time and effort, it can be satisfying to grow your own landscape. The possibilities are endless and the money you save can help you purchase better propagating structures. Once you get the hang of propagation, it will be hard to walk past plants in other landscapes without sneaking a cutting into your pocket.last_img read more

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Fury forks out £557 on food delivery while in lockdown with family

first_img “Unsurprisingly, the driver did as he was told and was given a tip of two £50 notes.” Paris, 30, helped haul in the mega meal and insisted no one else had joined the family, which could have breached strict lockdown rules. She said from the family’s home: “The food order was just for us and the children. “We have got five children and the food arrived in a lot of boxes.” The expanding Fury brood — sons Prince John James, eight, Prince Tyson Fury II, three, Prince Adonis Amaziah, one, and daughters Venezuela, ten, and two-year-old Valencia Amber — were given another Easter treat. Paris posted an Instagram picture of a dining table decked with ­dozens of chocolate Easter eggs. She captioned the snap: “Happy Easter everyone. My babies have already started on their eggs. “I asked them, ‘Why do we celebrate Easter?’ They said, ‘Jesus’ birthday?’ Well, close enough.” read also:Tyson Fury pays £1.5m to settle court case with ex-promoter Mega-rich Tyson, who beat Deontay Wilder, 34, in February to take the WBC crown, has been entertaining fans during lockdown with online workouts often hilariously interrupted by his boisterous kids. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their mammoth feast was shared with the couple’s five children and Paris’s parents at the boxing star’s home near Morecambe, Lancs. Grinning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, 31, told the face-masked delivery driver to stand two metres back as he stacked pizza boxes and food bags on the doorstep before handing him a £100 tip. The Saturday night takeaway, which was ferried in heated bags, included a stack of pizzas, four mixed grill platters, four chicken wing platters, two steak meals and five king prawn dishes. Chefs also prepared a portion of 6ft 9in Tyson’s new favourite dish of Parmo, a Middlesbrough concoction of breaded chicken and béchamel sauce fried with cheese. The boxer, who is known for his yo-yoing weight between bouts, kept one eye on the calories by adding 25 cans of Diet Coke. An onlooker told The Sun: “Tyson loves his grub and has a big family and he can certainly afford it. “He said, as the food arrived, ‘We’ve got nothing else to spend our money on during lockdown’. “Tyson was in good spirits but ordered the delivery driver to stand two metres back and leave the food on the step. Loading… Promoted Content11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Tyson Fury staged a heavyweight Easter lockdown with his family by ordering in a gut-busting £557 food delivery.last_img read more