This is by far the easiest, most awesome gardening trick I have ever come upon
(thanks to my Mom and her storehouse of trivial facts and big time Pinterest addiction).
The other day I was complaining about the snow and how it destroyed my boxwoods.
These have been growing for about 2 years,
and the blizzard crushed them and snapped off half their branches:
She tells me about this blog, A Garden for the House, and how the guy used boxwood cuttings to grow this amazing garden:
He just took cuttings and stuck them right in the ground.
My mind was blown.
I immediately posted it over on the GST facebook page
(what I do when I am feeling too lazy to blog), and then we got hit with another foot of snow.
I checked the boxwood carnage and decided to take all the broken branches and try this idea out.
They had been buried under snow and were still "alive", but you can just trim any boxwood shrub.
You will need damp fertile soil for this, and if it is warm enough where you live you can just stick these right into the ground. I have a few more weeks of winter here, so I am starting these inside.
Trim the cuttings to 5-6" and clean the leaves off the bottoms:
Take a group of about 6 cuttings and just stick them right into the dirt, packing them firmly.
Keep them watered and they should take root. Crazy easy, right?
I just made a dozen boxwoods!
I feel like a gardening god or something.
If I can keep them alive I just saved about $100, and I am closer to my dream of this:
I will keep you posted on them.
Anyone try this before?