Rosemary From a Clipping

I got a cutting from an existing rosemary plant and put it in a cup of water on our front porch.  It took about a month but it did finally sprout roots.  I took the sprout to the backyard.  I was planning on putting it next to the peppermint and cilantro to start creating a herb area.  Of course, that space was already taken by grass.  My old nemesis.  I had some cardboard that I have been using to prepare space for my winter garden and I figured out a way to use it to help me plant my rosemary.  I pulled the grass and weeds right around a small hole that I put the rosemary in.  Then, I planted the rosemary, you know, like you do and put the cardboard over it with the rosemary leaves peeking through a slit.  Like so:

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I had to weigh the cardboard down with rocks to keep it in place against wind and also to compact the grass underneath so it was low enough for the rosemary.  Hopefully it will take and soon I’ll have a front of rosemary to battle my front of mint.  Oh expansive plants…

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Honeysuckle Vine Wreath: Finally Dry Edition

The gardenias are in bloom and the honeysuckle vine wreath I made HERE is dry.  No thanks to the super rainy and humid Georgia weather this summer.  Now I can embellish it in a variety of ways.  I could cover it with fake flowers, ribbon or another permanent item.  Or I could change out  flowers / leaves from our yard and keep it rotating with the season.

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Tomato Disaster

**Warning, this post contains images of tomato carnage, if you are squeamish, look away.**

We’ve had a lot of rain this year.  Very strange for normally drought ridden Georgia.  I thought this was good since I didn’t have to water the garden very often.  What my lazy self didn’t realize is that too much rain is really bad for tomatoes.  We’ve lost a ton to splits, had almost all of the plants (and cages) knocked down in heave storms, and I think we have leaf blight killing the plants.  We’ve started picking any with a tinge of red and started preserving them thinking they won’t last very long in the garden.

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*sigh*  At least I’ve learned a lot of what not to do next year.

A Quick List of Popular Plants I Hate

  • lilies (alright, I have a love / hate relationship with them)
  • hydrangeas (I don’t know why, they just remind me of old people’s houses)
  • pampas grass (I think they’re ugly, just random blobs of grass and the blades are sharp)
  • any type of grass (it’s a weed in my garden and I don’t like lawns anyways)
  • overly pruned bushes like topiary (one of my neighbors has bushes that look like they have buzzcuts)

Do you like any of these?  What are some plants that others like that you hate?

Multiplying Tomatoes…Again

Is that using exponents?  Anyways, I posted before about trying to get new tomato plants out of some branches I had pruned from my existing plants.  I thought the one I just stuck into the ground wouldn’t take, but it seems that it did.

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I had also started a branch in a jar of water waiting for it to sprout roots before planting it, and after about a week, it has sprouted roots.

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So I planted it in the ground and gave it a good watering.  Here it is:

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Hopefully all these transplants will keep us in fresh tomatoes for a while!

Multiplying Tomatoes

If you have 3 sisters and they have 5 tomatoes each, how many tomatoes does your family have?

Ok, not that type of multiplication, I’m talking about taking the pruned branches of tomato plants and  using them to sprout additional plants.  I tried to do this with a branch from my grape tomato plant, but I didn’t really know what I was doing.  I just stuck the branch in the ground and hoped it would sprout.

Apparently, you’re supposed to put it in water and wait for it to sprout roots before planting it in the ground.  So I’m trying again with another branch.  It is currently in a jar of water on my front porch.  I’ll keep checking it and waiting for roots.

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Honeysuckle Vine Wreath

Next to grass, honeysuckle might be the most difficult weed in my garden.  It doesn’t attack my vegetables, but it LOVES my fig tree and muscadine vines.  I do like the honeysuckle flowers and have fond memories of drinking the nectar as a kid.  In fact we even wrote in the minion’s baby book when she had her first taste of honeysuckle.  However, they only bloom for a few weeks out of the year.  The rest of the time, I don’t like them.

I did find another use for those creeping vines today.  I made a wreath out of them.  It hasn’t dried yet, but I don’t foresee any problems.

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First I cut some vines and stripped the leaves off of them.  Next I wrapped them into wreath shapes.  I twisted various vines around each other for the large one, but just one each for the fairy sized ones.  I made three little ones for fairy houses and one big one for people houses.

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There are some thick ends sticking  out of the circles that I will clip once they dry.  I left them all flat on our porch and it probably will take a few days, but hopefully they will dry into the shape and be awesome and rustic.