|A sample of grafting knives - the key |
to all of them is "sharpness." The proper style
is the one that feels good in your hand!
March is a glorious month to do some very special gardening and we are offering two special classes on plant propagation! All classes, unless specified otherwise are held at The Learning Garden, a non-profit on the grounds of Venice High School - please enter from Walgrove Avenue.
First class is on March 14th, 1:30 to 3:30. In this class, we will cover growing from seeds, air-layering (I can hear you say, "what's that?") and taking cuttings from perrenial plants. We will cover some California Natives, though the main concentration will be on ornamental plants and food plants. This class provides easily accessed data that can serve novice gardeners as well as experts - in fact, this class is about what makes an expert gardener. Cost for the class is $20 and a $5 materials fee. You can pay by PayPal to email@example.com or by check or cash at The Learning Garden
We do another Propagation class on March 28th, 1:30 to 4:00 - it may not last that long, but I will work with folks to make sure they have everything down so I want you to be prepared to stay, if needs be. This class is $20 with a $10 material fee. This class is on grafting. It is not hard to do, but it does require understanding of how plants work and attention to detail. Grafting is the reason I became interested in gardening as my employment. I'll tell the story in class!
If you have a grafting knife, bring it. I will have Victorinox knives for sale for those who wish to commit to grafting. These are not top of the line, but they are well made and will serve well. There are many knives in the world that do not come close to being usable for grafting. You should keep the grafting knife for grafting only and bring another knife for all other cutting work. The first topic is safety! You can pay by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by check or cash at The Learning Garden
|Apples on a tree grafted about 15 years ago (the tag is long gone!), these are|
Dorsett Golden , a low chill variety that produces grate apples..