Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Every spring, I go a little nuts.  I blame it on growing-up on a farm.  Spring is when the action is, when things are born and planted.  However, here in Florida, spring is a little different from other places.  You know, places with real seasons?  Planting around here is sort of a schizo affair, with a lot of it occurring in the fall, very little in the spring and some in the middle of the summer.  Believe it or not, spring isn’t a good time to plant things in Florida as it is still part of the dry season!

So, the way that I go a little nuts is that I start to propagate things.  Usually African Violets, though really no plant in my jungle is safe from the pruners.  The African Violets usually need a good yearly clean-up and rejuvenation, and I just stick new cuttings while I am at it.  Now would be a good time to mention that I have a lot of violets.  A lotof violets.  Like around 200 different varieties.  Yes, that is a lot.  So, here I am sticking a coupleof cuttings from each of these 200 varieties.  Each cutting can yield easily up to 6 new plants after dividing (and in some cases up to 15 or more!).  You can do the math, that equals a LOT of violets!

All that I can say in my defense is that at least I don’t plant zucchini.

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