Currant status ツ

Blackcurrant propagation in progress.
Blackcurrant propagation in progress.

I wanted to have another round of propagating off of this “Mother of all Blackcurrants” this year. After experimenting with this, direct to pot technique in 2012, I know its an easy and effective way to make new plants. I outlined my process in a flickr album (see below) but essentially, I’m growing a branch through a pot of soil, and encouraging root growth.  Very quickly (6-8 weeks) I will be able to sever the potted plant, and move it to a new location. Who needs a Blackcurrant?!

Blackcurrant propagation - The mother of all Blackcurrants
Blackcurrant propagation - The mother of all Blackcurrants
Step 1: Insert branch through bottom of pot.
Step 1: Insert branch through bottom of pot.
Step 2: Wounding the bark
Step 2: Wounding the bark
Step 2: Wounding the bark (detail)
Step 2: Wounding the bark (detail)
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 3: Fill pot with growing medium
Step 4: Waiting 6 weeks or more.
Step 4: Waiting 6 weeks or more.
Blackcurrant propagation - Phase I complete
Blackcurrant propagation - Phase I complete

 

I have since added a third pot, and regret my earlier pruning in the winter or I would have had 6 or 7.  I also could have had several new shoots close to the fence since this plant will eventually need to be moved. Who needs the mother of all Blackcurrants?! ツ

 

Moss vs. Brick.

Moss vs. Brick

Last week, I instagrammed a picture of moss that I walk past each day. I like this image and others did as well, so I thought I would share the original capture.

One thing that strikes me with images of this kind is a permaculture expression I learned last summer, “Everything wants to become forest“. As humans we are constantly trying to improve our environment, but our attempts are fleeting as nature so quickly comes back to take over. Even if at first its just moss.

 

Moss vs. Brick.

A photo posted by @dragginz on

 

Sunflower seed sharing —> Harvest

Sunflower seed project – Harvest time from jason toal on Vimeo.

It’s September! And for may Sunflower growers its time to start preparing to harvest your seeds. For those of you that took part in the seed sharing project this spring, I hope you have been successful growing this year, and will consider harvesting your seeds in a timely fashion, and save them for distribution to YOUR network in what ever manner you see fit.

Recipients from last years batch of seedsI have a list of participants that I will be following up with that shows the progress I have recorded thus far. A couple of mentions. Alan Levine, (the first to respond to my post and also to grow his sunflowers being from sunny and hot Arizona) has documented his progress in amazing detail. Way to go Alan! Looks like you were able to harvest your seeds juuuust prior to this post. As long as you keep them cool and dry over the winter, they should be in fine shape to redistribute next year. Giulia Forsythe whom also was quick to respond has been documenting her progress in a similarly awesome fashion, which if this picture is any indication still need a ways to go before the are ready for harvest.

For anyone else that is going ahead with sharing photos on flickr I have created a sunflower seed sharers group, for you to join and add your images.

As for my own progress, I faced a few garden plot challenges this year, but eventually was able to start a plant from seed outside, and although it was planted very late got some very good results.

One good sunflower

This photo was just taken a few days ago, and is featured in the video above. It’s still going to take a week or two to fully mature, but I will be keeping a close eye on them during this time to save them from potential rain and/or bird disasters.