Starting Cuttings with Willow Water and Yummy Salad Dressing Recipes


| 1/30/2013 10:32:39 AM


Tags: Willow Water, Starting Cuttings, Root Stock, rootstock, Homemade Salad Dressing's, Recipes for salad dressings, Homemade Mayonnaise, Jean Smith from The Garden Gate Farm,

Jean SmithI'm always looking for things to do to get me through the winter months... even if those things are projects that won't happen until springs warmer days arrive! I am planning on getting into the green house this week and starting some seeds... I can't even wait. Lavender, peppers, eggplant, leeks, onions along with a bunch of herbs to name a few.  The feel of the dirt in between my nails will be a welcome sensation... the smell of the greenhouse is like no other... that fresh, earthy aroma, blending with the scents of the herbs as they grow... the sun's warmth brings a healing to my outdoor loving spirit that the drab, cold winter weighs down. Only 48 more days till spring... and so my countdown continues.

The last couple days have  brought heavy rains and even thunder and lightening. All of the snow has melted away and now we are mucking through gobs of mud... not so pleasant to stroll out to the greenhouse in, but better than a freezing wind smacking me in the face any day!  So I thought since I am ready to head out to my cozy greenhouse I would give all my Dragonfly readers an activity to do that can be started right now... even if you don't have a play house... oh I mean greenhouse!  Have any of you considered having an orchard or would like to plant some trees? Well you don't have to 'buy' them, you can start your own with a 'right in your own house' tip- Willow Water! Read on friends...

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This was given to me by a market friend. I don't know the origin of it but I thought this is too good not to share.  I have adapted it and added information.  It will give you something to look forward to once the warmer days that are sure to arrive come.  Although this can be started right now.

Willow Water is terrific for starting new trees and bushes from cuttings. Willow contains a substance a lot like Salicylate (aspirin) that helps plants root quickly.  If you don't have access to willow, you can use an adult aspirin dissolved in a couple cups of warm water.

For a 5 gallon bucket though, that would be a lot of aspirin. It's a lot less expensive to use willow, and I am sure most of us have a neighbor, friend or family member who has one or knows someone who does. Another option is to take a drive out to the country and find a river or stream bank and find one growing in the wild.  Be sure if you are on private property you check with the owners. Any type of Willow will work.




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