"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Plant Camp Monday's

Everyday gets closer to spring and I think most of us are good and ready and I love snow. We can get lots more so at least I can blog spring.

This pic is from over at our other homestead that the kids are running, its a Forsythia bush that I took a root cutting from the main bush over at my folks homestead. I planted a couple of twigs over here at the new homestead and it won't be to long they will be filled out, I love em.

The best part is these plants are an extension of a plant that we got from my grandmothers home that she had for years and may have gotten from her mother. So we have five generation, counting my grandkiddies when they have their own places someday, maybe six generations if I count my great grandmother. Starts from this plant will be passed on for a very long time.

Now I love yellow and spring brings on that color very nicely. I like to take cut stems from the bush this month, put in warm water and force them to bloom early. Makes a beautiful bouquet for your table inside.

Being out in the country I let ours go crazy and not worry about trimming but in town/city ppl will take good care to shape and make a nice border.

Heres a bit about this old fashion bush Forsythia , also called Golden Bell



Do you have any forsythia growing in your area? How about any plants that have been passed on.

Garden update:

I have little seedlings, in less then a week , normally they take a couple of weeks but I would keep the bigger homestead a bit cooler so with a much smaller area and much warmer they couldn't but pop up sooner.

Heres another tip to protect from damping off of those precious seedlings. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the soil, cinnamon has antibacterial qualities and its said to help. I use and have not had any problems,

Also you'll want to have a little air movement for your plants as they grow, A small fan will help, adjust so they don;t get hurricane winds but jsut enough to sway them a bit. It help circulate and could be another help from damping off. Damping off is when your so excited seeing the little guys and then you have another look and they are chopped down , not a good thing.


We had a nice hail storm earlier with heavy rain, thunder too. We have a metal roof on the vintage cabin so it was loud .

Well folks have a great week and always a big thank you for stopping by.

Don't forget to head on over to the Homestead Barn Hop, looks like another good one


tc linda


  1. I like forsythia. I had one and then we had to move it. Unfortunately, we chose a spot where it didn't do well and it died. A lot of people grow it around here. I like it because it gives some color early in the spring.

    Things are just starting to come through the ground. My bleeding heart is just peeking through.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. Have a great day.


  2. I have been seeing several of these plants in peoples yards around the community already. They are soo pretty. I enjoyed reading all the barn yard hop last week so I will go and take another look this week too. Hope you have a great week.

  3. I just happened across your blog this morning and I love it. I particularly love the posts on plants. I love learning about edible wild plants and also have started a small herb garden. I'm hoping to have the opportunity to go wildcrafting with a friend of my this Spring to learn more about edible wild plants in our area. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love your Forsythea! I bought a tiny one to plant here in our clay-soil, hoping against hope to look out my kitchen window at a bright yellow bush someday. But the bunnies and elk took to it, too. Not having a green thumb at all, someday I do hope to venture another go at it. (P.S. How did you get your photo collage for your header photo?)

  5. For many years and through several residences we transplanted a Sansevieria trifasciata (Mother in Law's Tongue) plant. It isn't very elegant, but was a link to their farming past. It is lost now, but the memory remains. - Margy

  6. Hi Linda, wanted to check in and see how you are doing. I sure have missed your Monday posts. I took an extended and much needed break from several things, blogging among them. Sometimes we just have to pull back and prioritize our lives. Sure hope all is well there. We have tons of forsythia here. It is the first plant to harken in spring.

  7. Hi! I just found your wonderful blog, thanks to the link you posted to our forum, Frontier Freedom. You have lots of great information here, and many other good links to websites want to visit. I will definitely visit the Homestead Barn Hop. Sounds fun! You're doing a great job.
    Jenny in Alaska

  8. Hi Linda,

    Just wanted to stop in and let you know I'm thinking about you. I've sure missed your blogs. Hope all is well.

    Take care,

  9. I miss you something terrible! Hope and pray that all is well there and that everyone is in good health.Have been keeping you in my prayers.
    Many blessings,
    Cary Ann

  10. We call them yellow bells in the south.


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