frugal

Experimenting with Propagation

Last Fall, my grandmother gave me some cuttings from a hydrangea shrub. She advised me to make a fresh cut, dip the end in water, dip in rooting hormone, and stick in the ground. This seemingly too-simple-sounding method of propagation worked well for her last year. I planted about eight cuttings around the yard with...

Seed Exchange Party

Sunday I took a nice long drive up north of Seattle, Washington, to participate in a seed exchange at Laura’s Not-So-Urban Hennery. And somehow I managed to convince my friend Denise to come along! Round trip, this was a seven hour drive, plus a diversion to Morton, Washington, to visit a nursery that I will...

Growing a Victory Garden

Recently I have been working on a small research paper about the history of Victory Gardens in the US during World War II. As an advocate of edible urban gardening, be that cultivating a grass-less yard to beekeeping to urban chickens, Victory Gardens mark an interesting time in our history where I feel my advocacy...

Garden Karma

This weekend I have been contributing to the world of garden karma. Sometimes we take, and sometimes we give back. I spent two lovely, brisk autumn days giving back but walked off with more than I had walking in. Yesterday I spent a few hours at my lovely friend Denise’s house out in St Johns...

Divide and Conquer

It’s been quite rainy here in Portland, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to capitalize on frugality in the garden. This is one of the best times of the year to get something for nothing – or, in other words, dividing perennials. And we all know how I love free! The upper layers of...