May Gardening Tip

Gardening does not need to be expensive, or involve endless trips to the garden centre.  These plants were taken as softwood cuttings from a plant I saw growing by the side of the road.

Softwood cuttings don’t have a high success rate, but since each one costs you nothing, just do lots.  The basics are as follows, but for more detail go to the excellent RHS website.

You will need: A knife, a pot of compost, water, “have a go” spirit

  • Find a plant you like, growing somewhere you can either ask to cut a bit off, or clip without trespassing/stealing.  Upsetting the neighbours is not the plan here.
  • There are a list of which plants are known to work with this method, but in Generous Gardener spirit, just have a go.
  • Cut at least 4 non-flowering shoots about 10cm long off the plant.
  • Take them home and cut each cleanly just below the lowest set of leaves.
  • Remove most of the lower leaves.
  • You now have 4 clean lengths of stem, so push these into a pot of compost, giving each a bit of space in which to grow.
  • Water well.
  • Leave somewhere warm and light out of direct sunlight.
  • This is a bit hit and miss, so do as many of these pots as you can.  Several will die, but hey ho.

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