Monday, 6 May 2019

Growing Willow Cuttings For Next To Nowt.

I recently placed some willow cuttings in an old plastic tub full of garden soil.  Then I forgot about them for about six weeks.  The other day I noticed all the cuttings had leaves.  So I pulled them out and noticed they also had grown roots.  My own portable hedge!
My very own portable willow hedge!  The stones are free too!
Me in my gardening clothes holding one of the newly rooted willow plants.
I planted the hedge and made some more cuttings.  You don't need to spend money when you can grow stuff for free.

Shall we have a link to a rock song Dave?  Yes my mental jukebox began to play an old Jethro Tull song.  Not the inventor of the seed drill, the band.  I have seen them five times and they are playing Cork in September.  Hmm...?  I am going seeing the Martin Barre band in August at a festival in England.  Can't wait.  Who would think I would be going to rock festivals in my fifties?  I am staying in digs though.  Here's the appropriate Tull track folks:





17 comments:

  1. Nice cuttings Dave. I was wondering aloud whether I should do the same this year.

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    1. Thanks Philip. They're so easy to take and they are free hedges. I do thesame with dog wood/ Cornus and Buddleia. Thanks!

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  2. I'm finally getting round to reading about bailing string. Advice in there for Austrian readers even! Prosit!

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  3. It's lovely to leave a comment whilst moving in tune with Jethro.
    Well done on the new plant growth. Obviously free and easy is the way to do it. Well done!

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  4. Hi Gwil. Did you read about Jenny using it to look like Bo Derek? Hope you're well. Thanks!

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    1. Not read that one yet. My wife wants an electric fire for Christmas ... ;-). No not really! Your book it wicked. That's the only word for it!

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    2. Glad you're enjoying it Gwil. Thanks again for your poetry book. You are very talented.

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  5. Thanks Valerie. One of the best rock bands to come from Blighty. Salix grows so easily in Ireland. Hope you're having a good May day bank holiday.

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  8. You can't stop willow. We just stuck pieces of willow in the ground at my last house and they grew into great big willow trees. No help from us, just left and before we knew it they were trees.

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  9. Yes willow is a mighty tree Rachel. It likes drains and can play havoc to an houses foundations if planted too close or when its thirsty during a drought. Thanks Rachel.

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  10. We have little need for hedges, but I've planted pussy willow for their spring buds and cottonwood to hear the leaves whisper, and paid the price years later in drain and septic invasions. But I liked them, nonetheless.

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  11. Hi Joanne. Yes the willows can be invasive. Wonderful reasons for planting the pussy willow. Thanks.

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