While picking dandelions yesterday, Mike noticed that we had a yard full of crabapple seedings. He ran in and grabbed a handful of my aluminum knitting needles and proceeded to mark each and every seedling he could find. Now, for those of you who are freaking out because my husband used my knitting needles as garden markers, relax. This good man knows how much I loathe straight metal knitting needles. He also knows that the only reason I haven't terminated my relationship with said knitting needles is because they were gifted to me by my grandmother, who now has alzheimer's and can't remember how to knit. I think he's a genius actually, and finally found a way to put those futile sticks to good use. Come to think of it, with a little washi tape, they would make adorable garden markers!
Back to the experiment at hand... He dug up a dozen of the little seedlings, made a root ball for each one and I planted them in peat pots. I've got cuttings growing in little bottles all over the house, so I thought it would be fun to experiment with this method, too. As of this morning, they're all still alive! If we can keep them going for the next few days, we're going to dig up some of the larger seedlings growing under the flowering Crabapple trees in the parkway across the street. With a little luck, we'll have free Crabapple trees for the homestead!