This is a good week for taking cuttings of any herbs in your own garden or the garden of someone else, provided they don’t mind having cuttings taken! Ask first! Taking cuttings is a very economical way of increasing your plant stock.
Rosemary or sage, or indeed ivy in my case, are easily propogated from cuttings. Where I’ve cleared mange tout peas leaves me with good space for pots to be located outdoors and with soil in which I can leave cuttings to root over the next few weeks.
Take a look back at a post from February, where I demonstrate how to propogate some everlasting cabbage.
16 February 2009
The cabbage variety I grow each year is particularly well suited to a small garden. I got it first from I.S.S.A. (Irish Seed Savers Association) in Scariff, Co. CLare. It is a perennial bush, but I don’t leave it for more than a year in one spot to prevent any diseases such as clubroot and to maximise soil fertility.
At the end of February, I pull off and plant up about 8 cuttings. A cutting is essentially a small branch pulled off the main stem. Using a sharp kitchen knife, I slice diagonally to create a wedge-shaped tip which will become the new rooting area when the cutting is planted.
I then remove any lower leaves to leave just 4 or 5 leaves at the growing point of each cutting. This helps the plant to become established and to develop a good root. The cutting is planted without delay while it is still fresh.
I fill 6-inch pots with soil from the patch where other cabbage family members (sprouts, kale, etc.) are to grow in the coming season. I plant two cuttings in each pot. Before planting out, I will remove the weaker of the new cabbage plants. Meanwhile, the new cuttings in their pots are positioned in a bright location (such as a greenhouse or a porch to develop for a month or so.