Roots and Shoots: Permaculture Update

I just finished a plant propagation course after 9 months. I have enjoyed learning a wide range of propagation techniques, especially propagation from cuttings. We started with semi-hardwood cuttings from NZ native plants, and then proceeded to softwood cuttings from rosemary and lavender.

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Finally we took hardwood cuttings from grapes and hydrangea. After months in the propagation mix it is so cool to see the roots have formed. Here is a grape.

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Here is hydrangea.

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On another note, yesterday I divided a fabulous autumn raspberry to transplant to our new property.

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Raspberry roots and shoots.

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I’m also excited that the Black Boy peach stones have germinated after a winter in sand.

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I am now busy potting up the grapes and hydrangea.

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Meanwhile, out in the orchard we have pears blossoming.

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Guavas about to flower.

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Feijoa flowers ready to burst. Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 6.33.23 AM

Apple saplings leafing out.

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This apricot is being trained to grow out instead of up.

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Peach blossom.

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I also found blackberries growing in the bush.

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And even a plum among the native trees.   Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 6.34.42 AM

Exciting times, these!

 

Peace, Estwing

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