Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Seedling, originally uploaded by sulustumoses.

Some time last summer I made my big plan to plant native species in my yard, but I wasn't sure if I would have enough money to buy the plants, or enough know-how to successfully germinate the seeds.

So I asked myself, "What would nature do in this situation?"

By observing the plants and animals, I noticed the birds would perch in the branches of the serviceberry tree and eat the berries. So one day I literally grabbed a handful of berries, chewed them up, and spit them onto the appropriate place in my garden.

Rhonda and I laughed at my spit-method gardening, but lo and behold, after the snow melted, a tiny seedling appeared with a single leaf that displayed the characteristic pattern of a true serviceberry. After we saw the seedling apear, we laughed again and Rhonda named the plant my spit-baby.


I sure hope it really grows up into a serviceberry tree. It would be embarrassing if it turns out to be something else after I blogged and told the whole world about my unconventional gardening methods.


Chelle said...

Great idea. I love the picture also.

Barry Moses (Sulustu) said...

Thanks 'Chelle, but which part did you think was the great idea?

Chelle said...

I think it is a great idea to eat the seeds and spit them into the soil. This is one way plants spread. Animals also eat --> digest and then "plant" seeds too.

I really do love this picture. I think this picture gave the plant character. Like it has a soul. Makes me think of how they say plants scream when you injure them.


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