Steve Palecki, College of the Redwoods Plant Propagation, Agriculture Program

College of the Redwoods students are making babies!

I knew that would get your attention — The Plant Propagation class has spent the entire semester learning about all the different ways you can turn one plant into many — and you get to reap their success.  Every year the students propagate plants from seeds, divisions, corms, bulbs, grafts and more — and lucky you! You can attend the College of the Redwoods Plant Sale, and not only buy great healthy plants for your vegetable garden or landscape, you can support a wonderful program that ensures that future generations will know how to turn one plant into many.  If you want food in your future…and don’t we all?…attend the CR Plant Sale Friday April 29 (noon to 6) and Saturday April 30th (10-6) — at the Greenhouse in the rear section of the campus (just take the road that winds around back).

Plant propagation!  if you were to come up to my house, you would find that 90% of my landscape consists of plants that I have propagated.  It all started when I watched my mom take a piece of ivy and put it into a little pitcher and the roots would grow.  It seems like these baby plants hardly ever made it into another pot, but they were little reminders of how plants really want to live.  Now — I know what you are thinking…should we really be propagating ivy anyway?

Sure enough, there are plenty of plants that are invasive species — and the more we learn about plants, the more we will know about which ones are good for our environment and which end up as “weeds” — wrong plants in the wrong placs.  If you are interested in learning more about plants I can’t think of a better place to start than the CR Plant Propagation class offered each spring semester.

Listen here for the interview with Steve Palecki

Luscious Gardens: Edible Landscaping

Kashi Albertsen and Naomi Withers are the owners of Luscious Gardens and aim to set up an edible landscape in your yard that will provide an abundance of food throughout the year. They intersperse the edible plants with beautiful ornamentals that provide wildlife habitat and esthetic value.  They like to use plants that are hardy and easy to care for.  Click here to listen to an interview with Kashi and Naomi

Photo of Naomi and Kashi

Rita Jacinto and Laurie Levey, Flying Blue Dog Farm

Jennifer with the "plant geek" Rita Jacinto at Flying Blue Dog farm --- after Jennifer whined about not having enough asparagus, Rita went into her field and picked some for her and Jessica...we arrived to get an interview and left with fresh asparagus -- these are two generous ladies!

Jennifer with the "plant geek" Rita Jacinto at Flying Blue Dog farm --- after Jennifer whined about not having enough asparagus, Rita went into her field and picked some for her and Jessica...we arrived to get an interview and left with fresh asparagus -- these are two generous ladies!Jennifer with Egyptian Walking Onions -- they become top heavy, fall over and the seed heads root causing the plant to spread by "walking"Rita shows off her bees to Jessica -- these boxes are different from standard pre-built hives, they allow bees to build their combs at an angle within the box.peeking inside the home of Rita's bee friends

The bees come and go -- we couldn't get enough of them!

The bees come and go -- we couldn't get enough of them!

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The greenhouse at Flying Blue Dog -- you can visit Rita and Laurie and Flying Blue Dog farm which is located 2 miles E. of Willow Creek -- turn on Christian School Road and follow the signs to Flying Blue Dog.  Laurie and Rita carefully blend their own potting soil to ensure your plants a longer life in the pot -- they know some people don't get them planted right away and want these plants to thrive.
The greenhouse at Flying Blue Dog — you can visit Rita and Laurie and Flying Blue Dog farm which is located 2 miles E. of Willow Creek — turn on Christian School Road and follow the signs to Flying Blue Dog. Laurie and Rita carefully blend their own potting soil to ensure your plants a longer life in the pot — they know some people don’t get them planted right away and want these plants to thrive.