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Six on Saturday

The Propagator, riding high and wielding his lasso, corrals a herd of enthusiastic gardeners for another Six. 1. Soaker hoses. Finally J assisted me in placing the miles of soaker hose that had been lying in a tangle for months. The previous arrangement was not efficient and it left many plants uncovered or at the … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Join the Propagator and his bumper crop of gardeners for another Six on Saturday. 1. Botany for Gardeners. I am working my way through this book. So far, it has evoked fond memories of high school biology textbook illustrations. Fewer practical lessons for the gardener have been derived, I’m afraid. But I do feel suitably … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Merry gardeners lay their picnic blankets under the inviting shade of the Propagator and share tasties from their baskets and tales of plants past, present, and future. 1. The seedlings. Several weeks ago, a tray was hopefully prepared, sown with 6 kinds of seeds – 5 newly acquired. The tray was duly placed under a … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The Propagator casts his net, capturing the silvery, leaping imaginations of gardeners far and wide. 1. Willows awaken. Imagine my delight when a recent review of the willow sticks lodged in mud early this winter began to show signs of life. Few things could appear more miraculous to me. And I envision previously bare, raw … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Once again, the Propagator holds court, bestowing favors and welcoming genteel guests from far and wide to pay homage with gifts of their finest fruits and flowers. 1. Melianthus major. This plant has long been an elusive object of desire, with its striking blue, serrated foliage. It was recently located on a pilgrimage to Cistus … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The Propagator beats his tom-toms to beckon tillers of the soil from the far reaches of the earth to display that which is best and brightest in their early spring gardens. Traveling again this weekend in the name of plants. My final (and largest) order from a soil and water conservation district native plant sale … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

As spring approaches, the gardener awakens and responds to the summons of The Propagator. 1. Plant Sales. Early in the winter, this gardener found herself feeling impatient, frustrated, racked by cabin fever. As a consequence, I took to the internet in order to determine what had become of all the spring plant sales in the … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The coven of gardeners gathers once again under the watchful eye of the witch-king Propagator to whisper plant lore in ancient tongues (botanical latin). 1. Flood and sun.  This week has seen significant rainfall, which is mostly a good thing in our drought-plagued region, but develops unnerving implications in light of our proximity to a … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Once again, the Propagator welcomes gardeners near and far to display their prize winning pumpkins, disclose their secret recipes, and confess their gardening sins. 1. Nesting materials. At a recent trip to the local Grange, a coop that offers farm and garden supplies, this natural nesting material caught my eye. I bought another suet cage … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The Propagator summons all gardeners to share six items of interest from their gardens year round on Saturdays. 1. Raised beds reconfiguration. Proceeding at a glacial pace. Waiting on bright, warm weather, a surge of motivation, or a brilliant inspiration for a new design, of which only the lovely weather has been forthcoming. And then … Continue reading Six on Saturday

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