As I have said before, I am relatively new to gardening. I started my first little veggie garden about seven years ago, before that I had hardly done any gardening at all. Well it has been a wonderful journey of learning, the main thing I have learned is that gardening is not as mysterious or difficult as I had imagined. I am still amazed at the wonderful fruit and veggies we grow with not too much effort or expertise. Obviously, there is some effort involved, but it is really very little for what you receive back. Lately, I have been trying my hand at propagating some simple plants and I’ve been very excited by the results. To seasoned gardeners, this might seem very basic, but to newer gardeners it could be useful.
I started with trying to propagate lavender and as a result now have numerous large, healthy lavender planted around the garden that did not cost me a cent! I have fifteen or more lavender plants dotted around the garden which look lovely and attract plenty of bees. As you no doubt know bees are essential to a productive veggie garden, so it is a win win. I’ve also propagated geraniums, and am just attempting to propagate some daisies. I’ll let you know how they go.
Another way to get some free plants is to dig up volunteer plants and transplant to a suitable spot, or pot them up. I have been digging up aloe vera suckers, and potting them up. I thought they may make nice little gifts. Anyway, I would encourage you to look around the garden and see what plants you may be able to propagate, because all it takes is a little bit of patience and you could save a fortune.
What you’ll need
- Some recycled containers – I have used old milk containers, with holes punched in the bottom, I also keep any pots I acquire to be used again.
- Some good quality potting mix – okay that will cost a few dollars but it goes a long way
- A pair of scissors
- Some plant cuttings-ask friends and neighbours if you can have a cutting, gardeners tend to be a friendly lot who seem happy to share!
Method for Lavender and geraniums
- Fill your containers with some potting mix
- Poke a hole in the potting mix where you’ll place the cutting
- Cut some cuttings off either your plants or your friends
- Trim the cutting, to fit the pot
- Strip off most of the leaves
- Place cutting in the container and press potting mix around the cutting, topping up with potting mix if required
- Water gently
- That’s it!
Put them in a place which gets sun, and remember to water them daily and in a few weeks you’ll have some little plants with roots which can be planted in the garden.
With the daisies I have place the trimmed cuttings into a vase with water, and will plant them into pots once I see some roots appearing, I’ll let you know how it works out.