Propogating your favourite plants
Late summer is a good time to take cuttings from your favourite plants. Many plants can be propogated - a few good ones to try are geranium, fuschia, hebe, viburum, bay, lavender and sage.
Choose a section of this years growth. It must be healthy looking. Snip with sharp, clean secateurs, to a length of 10-15cm. Cuttings will work best if you plant them straight away, however, if this is not possible, pop them into a plastic bag on soak in water until you are ready.
Trim off the bottom leaves, leaving just a couple at the top. If the plant has large leaves, cut them in half, as this will help the plant to root (the plant's energy will not be going into the large leaves, but into making roots).
Dip the cutting in hormone rooting powder or gel and place in a pot with a mix of potting compost, sharp sand or perlite. Water well. Covering in a plastic bag will give the plant its own microclimate and extra warmth. Place on a windowsill or in the greenhouse. You could also plant in a propogating tray. Make sure the plant is kept moist and remove any damaged or dead leaves.
Your cuttings should start to root. They will need to be kept moist and warm over the winter months, but should give you strong plants to harden off in spring to get a head start on next years garden!
Enjoy the garden.