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Gardening Apps for iPhone?

posted by: succulentabus on 09.20.2013 at 01:37 pm in Garden Sources Forum

I am looking for an iPhone application to keep track of/organize my garden. Most of what I find is reference, but ideally I'd like reference PLUS garden planning. Not landscaping design (I have a balcony garden in an apartment complex), but an application where I can add the plants that I have for quick reference and tracking. I have about 30 succulents, 10 herbs, several veggies, vines, berries, flowers, etc. I want to be able to add them to a list/journal, write notes on each, take pics of each, and maybe get reference info on it. But I'm more interested in organizing my garden than reference.

Any ideas?


clipped on: 06.06.2014 at 08:18 am    last updated on: 06.06.2014 at 08:18 am

origami pouch for seeds

posted by: nil13 on 10.14.2012 at 08:37 pm in Seed Saving Forum

I finally got around to making a diagram of the paper envelopes I use to store seed. It forms a pouch that can easily be opened and closed. The opening is a point so seeds can be shaken out into place very accurately.

What other folding patterns do people use to store their seeds? Calistoga had a pretty good one over in the "Growing from seed" forum.


clipped on: 05.29.2014 at 01:58 am    last updated on: 05.29.2014 at 01:58 am

It's August and time for the 'toothpick' technique

posted by: nandina on 08.23.2006 at 01:13 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

I have not posted this propagation method in several years. Time for a repeat. Just a reminder that all cuttings need to callus before they will root. This method allows the callusing to take place on the mother plant before the cutting is removed and is most helpful for those hard to root trees/shrubs. Plan to use the toothpick technique during the last weeks of August up until mid-September. This is a little known process and when I first posted it a number of growers contacted me, pleased to know about it as it requires no misting systems, etc.

A very sharp, small penknife or Exacto knife.
A small block of wood (to prevent cutting fingers!)
Some colored yarns or tape for marking purposes.

1. Select the stem from which you wish to take a cutting. Look along it until you locate a bud ON LAST YEAR'S GROWTH.

2. Place the block of wood behind that point and make a single VERTICAL cut all the way through the stem, just below the bud.

3. Insert a toopick through the cut.

4. Mark each cutting with colored yarn/tape so that you can locate it at a later date.

5. Walk away from your toothpick cuttings until the end of October or November. Leave them alone!

You will note that a callus has formed where you wounded the cutting and inserted a toothpick. With sharp pruning shears remove the cutting just below the toothpick. Trim off the toothpick on either side of the cutting.

7. Dip your cuttings in rooting hormone and set them in a cold frame. Water well and close up the frame for the winter. Water as needed. If you do not have a cold frame, set the cuttings right next to your house foundation on the east or north side. Lean an old window or glass pane up against the foundation to protect them.

8. Rooting should take place by mid-spring. Those with greenhouses can leave the cuttings on the mother plant into December/January before setting them to root. Commercial propagators will find this useful.

This method requires a bit of practice but works well. In August/September select the stem to be used as a cutting. Locate last year's growth on the stem and grasp it between thumb and forefinger. Snap the stem lightly until it breaks in half. Leave it hanging on the plant where it will callus. Then follow instructions above for setting cuttings. Snip the cutting off, when callused, at the wounded part. This is a useful technique for azaleas and many woody shrubs and Japanese maples.

Hopefully I have explained this method so it is understood. Reading it over a few times may be necessary.


clipped on: 05.29.2014 at 01:09 am    last updated on: 05.29.2014 at 01:10 am

Easy Propagation Chamber

posted by: little_dani on 10.05.2005 at 08:34 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

I make a little propagation chamber that is so easy, and so reliable for me that I thought I would share the idea. I have not seen one like it here, and I did look through the FAQ, but didn't find one there either. I hope I did not miss it, and I hope I do not offend anyone by being presumptive in posting this here.

That said....

This is what you will need.
A plastic shoebox, with a lid. They come in various sizes, any will do.

Soil less potting mix, half peat, half perlite, or whatever is your favorite medium.
A little clay pot, with the drain hole plugged with caulking or silicone. If this is a new pot, scrub it with some steel wool to be sure it doesn't have a sealer on it. You want the water to seep through it.
Rooting hormone powder or liquid, or salix solution from the willow tree.
Plant material, snippers. I am going to pot some Plectranthus (a tall swedish ivy) and a Joseph's Coat, 'Red Thread'. I already have some succulents rooted in this box. I will take them out and pot them up later, DH has a new cacti pot he wants to put them in.
You can see here, I hope, that I fill the clay pot to the top with rain water, well water, or distilled water. I just don't use our tap water, too much chlorine and a ph that is out of sight.

I pour a little of the hormone powder out on a paper plate or a piece of paper, so that I don't contaminate the whole package of powder. And these little 'snippers' are the best for taking this kind of cuttings.

This is about right on the amount of hormone to use. I try to get 2 nodes per cutting, if I can. Knock off the excess. It is better to have a little too little than to have too much.
Then, with your finger, or a pencil, or stick, SOMETHING, poke a hole in the potting mix and insert your cutting. Pull the potting mix up around the cutting good and snug.

When your box is full, and I always like to pretty much fill the box, just put the lid on it, and set it in the shade. You don't ever put this box in the sun. You wind up with boiled cuttings. YUK!

Check the cuttings every few days, and refill the reservoire as needed. Don't let it dry out. If you happen to get too wet, just prop the lid open with a pencil for a little while.
This is a very good method of propagation, but I don't do roses in these. The thorns just make it hard for me, with my big fingers, to pack the box full. All kinds of other things can be done in these. Just try it!



clipped on: 05.29.2014 at 12:37 am    last updated on: 05.29.2014 at 01:09 am

RE: HAVE: Adopt-A-Newbie ongoing list 2 (Follow-Up #85)

posted by: tnotter75 on 05.27.2014 at 12:38 pm in Seed Exchange Forum

Hi all, I am a newbie here, but not to getting my hands in the soil. I live in a rural farm and have pretty much any environmental need. I did seek out as many heirlooms as possible in my current garden, but of course no seed yet to trade. I would love to grow any heirloom melon, pumpkin, pepper, non-pickling cucs, and squash. As flowers go, I love anything attracting hummingbirds or butterflies. I really would love milkweed for the Monarch on its journey. I have patience for the returning gifts of perineals, and the TLC for annuals. I would love to grow gardenia. I'm a lover of vining plants esp jasmine and sunflowers. I have a lot of freedom, as I just moved home, because my mom is on disability and loves her yard. She's not able to care for it so I have picked up the baton. Any help will be met with excitement, TLC, and intentions of paying this forward. Adopt me!! Thank you!!!

This post was edited by tnotter75 on Wed, May 28, 14 at 0:07


clipped on: 05.28.2014 at 12:20 am    last updated on: 05.28.2014 at 12:21 am