03/29/2017 TimberGardener

If you’ve ever taken a cutting from a spider plant, you know how easy it can be to make one plant into two.  There are several methods of asexual plant propagation. Cutting: Rooting a severed piece of a plant, such as the stem of a pothos plant or a jade…

03/07/2017 TimberGardener 1Comment

A pluot has a complex family tree.  It starts off simply enough, just cross an apricot and a plum.  Both are stonefruit, both in the Prunus genus, both easily identifiable in the grocery aisle.  It is simple to cross-pollinate these fruits.  The result is a plumcot, bred over 100 years…

02/19/2017 TimberGardener

Okay, harvest is definitely not an accurate description.  But our expectations were zero, so we were delighted with a handful of dark blue berries. There’s a honeyberry in there, I swear. 2015 was rough for honeyberries, but they started to do well in the spring of…

02/13/2017 TimberGardener

Berries might be the most successful perennial you can grow in our area.  There are so many to choose from, and it seems like there is a new ‘superberry’ in the news daily.  I think it is safe to say berries, regardless of type, are good for you.  Here is the…

10/17/2016 TimberGardener

When we first carved out a garden from the surrounding trees, we knew we couldn’t grow a sun-loving shrub like the blueberry. Blueberries needed a little more warmth and light than we could provide, so we researched cold-hardy berries like the honeyberry, seaberry, and lignonberry, and planted a 30 ft…

06/11/2016 TimberGardener

Utah Honeysuckle (Lonicera utahensis) If you’ve ever walked through the woods near McCall, ID, you’ve probably seen several honeysuckle varieties growing wild. The distinctive red twinberry, or Utah Honeysuckle (Lonicera utahensis) looks like two translucent fish eggs glued together. The black twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) looks like…

06/04/2016 TimberGardener

In 2015 I posted that you should never purchase raspberries because they are probably invading someone else’s home and garden. I didn’t expect it to happen to me so soon, but I had sprouts coming up that fall. Now they are coming up in the path, in the former rhubarb…

06/04/2016 TimberGardener

Last weekend we started building a kiwi trellis. Most people’s reaction to this is “Inside your greenhouse?” or “Inside your actual house with that fig you’re going to kill eventually?” or just “WHAATT?” But the kiwi endeavor, unlike the fig tree or the maypop vine, might actually be successful. When…

02/23/2016 TimberGardener

I have a theory on why individual raspberry plants are so expensive. Who is willing to pay $30 for a single plant at D&B? I would never be able to afford my raspberry habit! I think they are priced to save overzealous gardeners from themselves. They will TAKE OVER. My…

02/19/2016 TimberGardener

Welcome to the Timber Garden! Toby and I purchased our first home on 3 acres outside of McCall, ID in October of 2014. We couldn’t wait to put in a permanent garden and fruit trees! We had both grown up gardening with our families and tried to grow something wherever…