Anatomy of Grafting
If you want to try your hand at making new fruit trees, late winter is the time to graft. You can create your own fruit tree by purchasing root stock and scion wood, or by simply grafting a favorite variety onto an existing tree. This Grafting and Budding Fruit Trees Web site from the University of Minnesota has all the answers.
Clever Gardening Technique
Homemade Rooting Hormone
The twigs of willows (Salix) contain a natural hormone that stimulates root growth. To make an organic rooting solution, snip willow branches into 1-inch lengths and split in half with a sharp knife. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, take it off the heat, and add the willow pieces. Allow to steep overnight. Remove the willow pieces and soak your cuttings in the solution for an hour or two before potting them up. Use the solution to moisten the growing medium.