Supervising Ryan in the Greenhouse

Posted by F&S

As promised, we Frenchies, went to the main greenhouse where Ryan keeps all of the smaller agave plants.  He and Wilmer have been quite busy repotting them.  And from the looks of things, those plants really needed to be repotted!

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Well, here we are in the greenhouse all set to supervise Ryan as he repots an agave plant.

1 Well, here we are in the greenhouse all set to supervise Ryan as he repots an agave plant.

Repotting plants is very important because when the plants grow, so do their roots.

2 Repotting plants is very important because when the plants grow, so do their roots.

Just look at how pot-bound these roots were!

3 Just look at how pot-bound these roots were!

It's also very important to have a really good potting mix.  Ryan keeps a variety of soils for different uses in these nifty bins.

4 It's also very important to have a really good potting mix. Ryan keeps a variety of soils for different uses in these nifty bins.

After trimming away any unsightly leaves, Ryan trims the roots with a sharp knife and loosens them up.

5 After trimming away any unsightly leaves, Ryan trims the roots with a sharp knife and loosens them up.

The soil is a mix of potting soil, vermiculite, perlite, and fine gravel.

6 The soil is a mix of potting soil, vermiculite, perlite, and fine gravel.

Rayan mixes it really well.  This is fun to watch!

7 Rayan mixes it really well. This is fun to watch!

Ryan found a larger pot and placed a shard of broken pottery in the bottom over the drain hole.  Oops!  I wonder how that pot got broken?  This allows for water to drain and keeps the soil in the pot.

8 Ryan found a larger pot and placed a shard of broken pottery in the bottom over the drain hole. Oops! I wonder how that pot got broken? This allows for water to drain and keeps the soil in the pot.

A bit of soil goes into the bottom.

9 A bit of soil goes into the bottom.

And then the agave plant.  Hey Ryan, watch out for those sharp spikes!  They hurt!

10 And then the agave plant. Hey Ryan, watch out for those sharp spikes! They hurt!

He then fills in around the roots with more soil, making sure to press it down firmly.

11 He then fills in around the roots with more soil, making sure to press it down firmly.

Bravo!  Nicely done, Ryan!  This plant now has room to grow.

12 Bravo! Nicely done, Ryan! This plant now has room to grow.

Oh boy!  This one looks like trouble!  Look how the roots have completely wrapped around the inside of the pot.  And look at those cute little pups that you can pull off and plant.  One can never have too many agaves, right?

13 Oh boy! This one looks like trouble! Look how the roots have completely wrapped around the inside of the pot. And look at those cute little pups that you can pull off and plant. One can never have too many agaves, right?

Comments (15)

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    First.....Welcome, welcome, and double welcome to Molly and Jake Licknbounce. Boxers heh, my Mom said she grew up with Boxers, and I have known some great friends at the shelters who were Boxers. I want to hear all about you both---are you fawn, brindles, husband/wife, brother/sister, litter mates---so much to learn. How old are you? I am almost 10 months old now. I think your last name of Licknbounce sounds like you are from Germany. Maybe Delia has met some of your family when visiting her family, if that is where you are from. I look forward to many fun blogs with you both, and so glad you joined The Glue Squad.

    I see Sharkey that you are out of the dreaded cone but still have the paw wrapped. Hope you aren't in pain and that you are healing quickly. That greenhouse looks so cool, youlook like you are in paradise.

    As for the rest of the gang, I can hardly wait to hear of your adventures. Abby, a bath recently, wow what fun. Zoe, welcome to the club. My doctor is visiting today for the last of my boosters. It is fun to get house calls and then play.

    Everyone have a GEM of a day.

    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad, Thanks for sharing the information with us regarding this kind of plant. Sharkey, I hope your paw is feeling better and it won't be long before our bandage can come off. Welcome, Molly & Jake, it sounds like you have a great time together. Ruby, good luck with your appointment today. Rebel, hope you are okay after your shot. Abby, I go to the spa tomorrow, but the spa will be coming to the house instead-Mom is trying a different one. I hope it works out. How's James Dean? Maddox, how was your time at Gerry's house? Kitty, you would be nice and warm in the greenhouse if Mom had one. Kirby Bear, how's your tail? Cora-Belle, has Ivan & Ivanka been over to play? Dudley Do Rght, hope you are okay. Zoe, where are you? How's Chloe? We are suppose to have temps in the 40's maybe close to 50 today so chances are I will be out most of the day and not on patrol in the house :( .

    Better run, Mom needs computer time too!

    Oh, Ruby ask Mom, when is the "big day"?

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    You have some good tips on how to replant a plant into a larger pot. Just think, if this worked on dogs, we could be at least four feet tall. Hehehehehe I really don’t know what to think about this weather we are having. It was down into the low 30’s just a few days ago and now it will be up into the 70’s. This is really a stressful time for me because my inner thick short hair doesn’t know what to do. Should it stay in or come out. Right now it’s beginning to come out and I need brushing more often than once a day. If too much of it comes out, then I’ll get cold when the temps go back down into the normal of 30’s and 50’s. Oh well, not to worry, I have a nice warm home to live in.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning everyone,
    I was traveling around yesterday and never did get back on but I did go back and read all the comments. First of all, there is a lot of work that goes into those agave plants. I wonder how many times Ryan has to put them into bigger pots. Hmmmm
    Ok, welcome to the DW Molly and Jake. Boxers, eh? Karen boarded boxer puppies and when they ran down the hall it looked like the front of them and the back of them were going in different directions. I liked watching them run. I hope you comment on a regular basis. There are a lot of DW fans that comment once in a while but we Glue Squad members comment on a regular basis.
    Kirby, did your daddy try giving you garlic tablets? That is supposed to keep the fleas away. Zoe, how did your vet check up go? Were you brave? Dudley, I bet that hurt when you were bitten several years ago. That was a mean dog. If that dog ever wants to come on the DW to try to be a Glue Squad member we will turn the dog down. Ok. Ok,
    Rebel, when is your eye surgery? Hey little buddy, when you are all healed after the surgery, you will have exray vision like Superman. Hehehehehe Sonya and Lynn, hope you ladies are feeling better. Delia, how many ferns do you have in the house for Kitty? Abby, how are you and James Dean doing? Does he go to work with you too? Baby Favor, do you wear coats like Franny and Sharkey when you go outside? Missy Chow, you being a good little princess? Ruby, you are turning into a party chick. You go girl. And my special friend Cora-Belle, you seem quite happy lately. I am thinking that you dug a hole and buried your sweater vest somewhere on the ranch. Hehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Everyone:
    We are the terrible threesome, Martha, Lucy and Riley - actually we are not so terrible, just very very active and always looking for something new and exciting to do!
    We are Bearded Collies, they call us Bouncing Beardies for short and we live way up north, so there is lots of snow (which we just love).
    We have been reading The Daily Wag blog forever, well I (Martha) and my sister Lucy have, Riley (our little brother) is just 5 months old and he is still learning about everything in the world.
    We would like to join your glue squad and tell everyone about the things that happen to us. We live in the country and have met the most interesting critters - Lucy met a "racing cat" which turned out to be a skunk - twice! Riley says he is going to be a "show dog" and me, Martha, as senior dog in the group, I look after the house and keep my brothers and sisters in line!

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You beautiful girls sure did have fun supervising Ryan in that beautiful greenhouse! Sharkey, so glad to see you don't have on that collar and your bandage looks even better! I love how you are so interested in Ryan's work and watch very closely! I do the same thing when Mom is doing anything, especially for me! Have a great day sweethearts and GK!!! How nice to have Molly and Jake join our group! Ruby, you are becoming the best 10 month old buddy we have ever had in the Glue Squad! How nice that you have only one more vet visit at your home-great! Can't wait to hear from the rest of you Glue Squaders today! We are getting lots more rain and wind again today and I stay inside a lot! Hope you are all doing well and have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • S&F tell Ryan to send me one of those "Agave plant pups" ;-) certainly you will not miss one!
    Maddox I have several Ferns, of a variety and many other plants...I can't leave them out during the winter, it just kills me to throw them away...they are a living breathing gift from God...I know, weird... but that's how I am, I can't stand waste(guess it's going back to my war time German roots)
    Ya, Ruby, Licknbounce does sound German! Willkommen Molly and Jake :-) also a Welcome to Susan, Martha, Lucy and Riley good to see you here!

    Well, Kitty seems to want to go out at nights, kind of dumb since in the day time it's been sunny and warm, 40 degrees.
    Late last night she came home with a bird (what's a bird doing out at night?) I was in bed already and heard hubby saying nooooo Kitty, she was trying to bring it in...we all know what happened before with the mice, so I let him deal with it LOL :-)
    Have a great day everyone!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • I certainly could use Ryan's expertise in the garden area. I have the 'browniest' thumb in town!

    I can just look at a plant at it keels over! :)

    That might be a good goal to have this year. Gardening 101. Maybe I'll take a 'dig' at planting, cultivating, watering and feeding some living plants. And the bonus would be that if they survive! :)

    It's rather mild here in NH. Can you say hooray! I'm all for an early Spring.

    Careful of the shards Sharkey, we want the rest of your tootsies well! :)
    gail

  • And one more thing.....just saw some more new Glue Squad Buddies coming to join us. Hooray, hooray,it is definitely a party day. Susan, give Martha, Lucy and Riley a welcome hug from Ruby. Looking forward to hearing of your daily adventures. Also, I will try and get Zoe's Mom, Ann to post her e-mail address on Friday, so all the newbies can send her your e-mailif you like. We have a Glue Squad address list. We can't post photos here, so through e-mail we can see what you all look like. It is fun to see the families. Baby Favor and Poc that would be the time to send your e-mail in too. Cora Belle, too, I need to send you photos of me in my forever home, girlfriend. Have a GEM of a day.

    Love and licks,
    Ruby
    P.S. Where are you Chloe, girlfriend?

  • Good morning ladies,
    I'm a little late this morning 'cause Mimi had real work to do on the computer and wouldn't give the time to sign in......anywho, I'm here now!
    Hey Sharkey, I'm so glad you are not bothering your bandage. I know I'd have trouble keeping away from a bandage on my foot. Frannie, I hope you made sure that Ryan used Martha's recipe for the soil mix, it's the best!
    We have new friends, we welcome Molly & Jake and Martha, Lucy & Riley. Our "house" is big enough for all to come and play. Glad you are with us.
    Hey Kitty, I need you to come to my house. We've had a couple of mice this winter. I bet you'd have a good time playing with them!
    Missy, my shots don't hurt, I do get sleepy, though. Only one left. Thanks for asking.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good Morning F & S

    I survived the Vet - I hate going there!!! Got the stick up my butt, blood drawn and 2 shots - not a fun day for Zoe :( I got to go yesterday with T-Bone and we had to wait forever. Doc had 3 emergencies come in so I had to hang out in the waiting room with a bunch of other dogs. I was kind to all of them except this big english bulldog who kept giving me dirtly looks. Well, I told him - back off buddy I'm small but mean. A few growls and my ears back he knew who was boss ;)

    F & S I love planting!! In fact we all love to eat the dirt :) Mom goes crazy trying to keep us out of the planters. Her latest trick was to cut a round of rubber mulch and put a few river rocks down but we move them off, lift the rubber and still eat the dirt - YUMMY....

    Hey I see we have a few new buddies posting on the DW - Welcome All !!! If you want to keep in contact with us besides the DW we have our Glue Squad. Send my mom an email at abrennan@coretitle.com and we'll get you on the list, we have a great bunch of friends.

    Well have a great day everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Maddox, Ruby, Missy Chow, Hunter Kitty, Sweet Dudley and all my glue squad buddies-
    Wow good job Sharkey being a rebel girl and wearing the bandage but not the cone. We were looking for that little foot bandage and fortunately you can still have adventures with Franny. Hope you visit the ctrus plants soon, we love to see the lemon and orange trees.
    Hope Sonya and Lynn continue to feel better real soon. Rebel, sorry your eyes are bothering you and sending hugs. Kitty, why a bird? At night we would expect maybe a bat. Dudley, its cloudy here but no rain. Hope its spring like again tomorrow. Missy Chwo, enjoy your spa day on Thursday! Ruby, hope all went well with the home vet visit.Zoe, nice growling at that bulldog, you go girl.
    WELCOME MOLLY,JAKE,MARTHA,LUCY,SUSAN and RILEY!!!
    We have a great bunch of buddies here at the Glue Squad and hope you feel welcome.
    Maddox, Jimmy hates to travel in the car so he does not go to work with Mom. Its my favorite time with Mom besides the duck park. I ride in the back and listen to the music. Well, I am ready for spring!
    Hugs, woofs and purrrs - Abby and James Dean

  • Francesca Baby you are doing a good job supervising Ryan. We Frenchies are very good at supervising jobs. My sistys and I are currently supervising Dad's recuperation from his knee surgery and Mom's getting her dog show booth ready to go. Maddox-- I DO like to wear sweaters when it is cold outside. I know I grew up in Pinewood MN, but I just don't have thick enough hair to deal with cold winters even though I should have thick enough blood to! My Auntie Ellen knits lovely sweaters, but my most favorite sweater is the one Mom bought me when we lived in Boston for a little bit. It is a pretty sparkly red sweater and yes! it is a Martha Stewart sweater. I look very nice in it, if I do say so.
    A bientot!

  • ..Hi everybody..I welcomed the boxers yesterday and today a big hi to our new buddies...pretty wet here at the old farm/ranch..and the wind was howling last nite..told everybody i can't sleep on the bed anymore..can't get up the stairs to the bed..and when James lifts me up onto the bed I can't get down without falling..so a month or so ago he got me a an electric sleeping pad..finally adjusting to that and he took the legs off Lucindas couch so I can crawl up on that and sleep if I want..people look at her couch kind of strange..its funny ..one couch in the living room floor level..I love it!..hmm...heard talk of some beach combing..you can drive on the beach here..and a maple bar..gotta go..love, Cora-Belle

  • First off, Molly and I would like to thank you for the warm welcome. Molly is a Brindle and I'm a fawn. We are 7 and 6.5 years old. Molly came first and after she showed for a short time, our mom and dad decided she might breed and wanted to add me to the mix. Because our owners take care of us like their kids, Moly only had 2 litters but they were big ones! 10 pups the first litter and 2 years later a litter of 9. I personally am very happy the pup-kids have gone as Molly often ignored me during that time. I'm a rather sensitive Boxer and like all the attention on me!

    Well back to today's post, Molly said I talked to much, I'm wondering if the frenchies got a lie-detector to see who was responsible for the broken pots? When trouble happens here, I'm usually found in another room!

    Again thanks for the welcomes!
    Jake

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