2011-09-proagating-2

 

I am propagating long stemmed cuttings into my washed recycled milk carton pots

The long stem method, with a rooting hormone (Indole Butyric Acid) to encourage fast root growth produces good results. Honey is also meant to be a way of encouraging root growth (see this comparison experiment by Stanley Barker).

Plants that are very easy to proagate are lavendars, wormwood, buddleia (butterfly bush) and salvia, and I have even put in some cuttings from my grafted olives to see how they go.

More adventerous is my "hedge in a box" - 24 Westringia cuttings.

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beer-trap-slugs-snails-5SMLMy purple cabbages, brocolli, radish and peas are struggling to survive winter while being nibbled by slugs and small snails!

I am sure I have seen Jackie French make these traps a long time ago on TV, or perhaps I read it in  Earth Garden.

I had one trap set up - with just holes cut in the side (no drawbridge) and had tried a yeasty spread in water as the bait, but my dog was attracted to it!

I tried beer and the results were impressive - about 15 slugs in one night!

Luckily the DH had some beer he did not like the taste of, but now you must remember to collect all the beer dregs up from your party or BBQ and put them to work.

Beer works really well - the little blighters seem to love it, and unfortunately for them, they drown.

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