Now that I have such limited gardening space, I am reluctant to buy packages of seeds. I don't have the space to plant every seed, and while I can save them, I have to store them somehow where they won't go bad. And seeds are one of those things that are getting more expensive.
Another solution is to grow things from food I buy at the grocery store. Many vegetables and fruits can be started from cuttings and seeds from food that I eat. I can plant a few at a time as I collect more bottles and buckets to grow more. I've listed here some of the vegetables and fruits I have tried growing and some I haven't tried but will soon.
How does your garden grow?
My mango tree is growing well. It's fun to see it grow even if it doesn't produce good fruit. I have been trying to grow figs from cuttings, but I'm not sure it's taking root. And everyone in the world can grow avocados except me.
My father owned a wholesale nursery when I was growing up, and I remember some of the interesting places he'd collect his "stock". Papaya seeds came from the papayas we got from the grocery store. Figs are easily grown from cuttings. You are right though, the best Avocados, Mangos, and especially Apples come from grafted trees.
Maybe that can be your next experiment? grin.
Just wondering how it compared to where I am. Couldn't much grow sweet potatoes in New Hampshire. The season was just too short. I'm looking forward to my first crop (even if it's just ONE)
I just didn't think to mention it. It's in zone 6.
They're looking good. It's nice to see the progression from year to year. I like adding a little more gardening space every year. What zone are you in? (or did I miss it?)
I transplanted the sweet potatoes in to the garden, and they like their new home. You can see their picture here: http://wizzley.com/raised-garden-bed-...
It's pretty unpredictable here too. I don't seem to be able to grow tomatoes down here in Texas either. I've never had a problem before but mine all seem to wilt.
I know people start roses from cuttings. Never done it myself but I'm trying one now.
My sister does a great job in getting new plants to grow from old fashioned rose bushes (the kind that still smell good). She uses rooting hormone (root starter) - just dips the cut end into the powder and then plants it in good potting soil Root starter will probably help out with planting vegetable roots, too.
I'd love to know how your sweet potatoes are doing! Keep us posted.