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If you have not (yet) settled down, but you still want to grow your own food, this class will offer tips and tricks for gardening on the move. Topics will include practical skills with container …

If you have not (yet) settled down, but you still want to grow your own food, this class will offer tips and tricks for gardening on the move. Topics will include practical skills with container gardening, creating movable planting areas, transplanting, and proper plant care, as well as how to address some of the more emotional challenges of caring for a garden that goes with you wherever you go.

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  • 1. January 2012 © Independence Gardens LLC Download the handout that goes along with this slideshow! h p://bit.ly/Ark5N4 Gardening on the Move Independence Gardens Portland, ORTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 2. What We’ll Cover Today Intro we are Independence Gardens • We build raised beds, chicken coops, terraces, trellises, & other garden infrastructure • Help with garden design & planning, cleanup, prep, and installation • Teach edible gardening classes • & make Doo Tees!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 3. What We’ll Cover Today Preview Topics We’ll Cover Got Questions? • Garden = verb (why we teach this class) Please ask as we go along. • Skill/resource requirements of moving • Mobile, container, & countertop gardening • Best plant picks for rapid harvest • Quick soil prep in a new space, & longer- term options • Proper plant care during transplanting and transportation • Mooshy stuff! • AlternativesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 4. Garden = verbTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 5. Garden = verb • Moving both plants and garden infrastructure is possible...but not everything in the garden can/ should come alongTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 6. Garden = verb • Moving both plants and garden infrastructure is possible...but not everything in the garden can/ should come along • Gardens can be designed to go with us when we go and/or transform when we leave them into something someone else can useTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 7. Garden = verb • Moving both plants and garden infrastructure is possible...but not everything in the garden can/ should come along • Gardens can be designed to go with us when we go and/or transform when we leave them into something someone else can use • Ultimately, gardening is what you DO, not just a place or thing; even when you move, your experience & efforts carry onTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 8. Moving...from where to where?Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 9. Moving...from where to where? • Small to largeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 10. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 11. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to smallTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 12. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – DownsizingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 13. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to placeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 14. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 15. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned moveTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 16. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned move – You knew it was comingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 17. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocationTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 18. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 19. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden... • Never not movingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 20. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you go a go... • e planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden... • Never not moving – Inspiration follows!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 21. Mobile gardensTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 22. Mobile gardensTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 23. Mobile gardens e moral of the story: a garden can be anywhere, and anyone can grow one!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 24. Top plant picksTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 25. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytimeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 26. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime – Choose veggie varieties with fewest days to maturity if you’re not certain you’ll be in one place long: radishes, le uce, spinach, beans...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 27. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime – Choose veggie varieties with fewest days to maturity if you’re not certain you’ll be in one place long: radishes, le uce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc.Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 28. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime – Choose veggie varieties with fewest days to maturity if you’re not certain you’ll be in one place long: radishes, le uce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider pu ing some of these in containers so you can move them easily if and when you move againTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 29. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime – Choose veggie varieties with fewest days to maturity if you’re not certain you’ll be in one place long: radishes, le uce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider pu ing some of these in containers so you can move them easily if and when you move again • Garden animals need special treatmentTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 30. Top plant picks • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime – Choose veggie varieties with fewest days to maturity if you’re not certain you’ll be in one place long: radishes, le uce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider pu ing some of these in containers so you can move them easily if and when you move again • Garden animals need special treatment – Move carefully and with regard for their needsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 31. Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 32. Container gardening primer • Container examples: Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 33. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 34. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 35. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 36. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Po ing soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 37. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Po ing soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to li Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 38. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Po ing soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to li – Easy takedown/rebuild Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 39. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Po ing soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to li – Easy takedown/rebuild – Wheels/skids Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 40. Container gardening primer • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Po ing soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to li – Easy takedown/rebuild – Wheels/skids – Support structures for Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t taller plants know whether you’ll stay or goTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 41. Container gardening resourcesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 42. Container gardening resources • How-tos:Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 43. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom BulletinsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 44. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.comTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 45. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU ExtensionTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 46. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU Extension • extension.oregonstate.edu/ catalog/html/grow/grow/ container.htmlTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 47. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU Extension • extension.oregonstate.edu/ catalog/html/grow/grow/ container.html – Edible Container GardeningTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 48. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU Extension • extension.oregonstate.edu/ catalog/html/grow/grow/ container.html – Edible Container Gardening • by Michael Guerra (Gaia Books)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 49. Countertop gardening Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 50. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 51. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 52. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 53. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 54. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 55. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 56. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 57. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth – 4” pots in a windowsill Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 58. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth – 4” pots in a windowsill – e old 1# salad greens box Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 59. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth – 4” pots in a windowsill – e old 1# salad greens box Countertop gardens are an efficient – Prefab indoor arrays use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 60. Big move logisticsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 61. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essenceTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 62. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 63. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to doTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 64. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plantsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 65. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant careTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 66. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructureTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 67. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure – Take it all apartTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 68. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure – Take it all apart – Bag soilTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 69. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure – Take it all apart – Bag soil – Get helpers with strong arms!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 70. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – e timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure – Take it all apart – Bag soil – Get helpers with strong arms! – Find a truck/trailer/van/U-Haul...?Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 71. Quick soil prep: double dig • Double digging – Soil prep technique via John Jeavons • Changes structure • Creates raised beds – Hard work but immediate grati cation • Remove sod • Dig trench along one end & move soil to other end of garden bed • Fill rst trench with compost & incorporate soil from next trench over • At the end of the bed, incorporate soil from rst trench with compost • Smooth surface into planting bedTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 72. Longer-term soil prep: sheet mulch 1. Mow down existing grass/plants and remove invasives 2. Add a 2 inch N layer (grass clippings, manure, kelp, co onseed meal, sh product, urine, coffee grounds, kitchen scraps) 3. Aerate soil with a digging fork & water 4. Lay down a C weed barrier (cardboard or 10ish layers off newspaper) 5. Add ~ ½” N layer 6. Repeat steps 4 (with any C source) & 5 to desired thickness 7. Water well 8. Add a 12” blanket C layer (straw, leaves, wood chips, shredded paper)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 73. Proper plant careTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 74. Proper plant care • Depends on the seasonTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 75. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 76. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates) – Winter: start seeds before you head out...but they’re extra- fragile as seedlings, so be carefulTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 77. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates) – Winter: start seeds before you head out...but they’re extra- fragile as seedlings, so be careful – Spring: start your garden in containersTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 78. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates) – Winter: start seeds before you head out...but they’re extra- fragile as seedlings, so be careful – Spring: start your garden in containers – Summer: start a fall/winter gardenTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 79. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates) – Winter: start seeds before you head out...but they’re extra- fragile as seedlings, so be careful – Spring: start your garden in containers – Summer: start a fall/winter garden • Water before and a er movingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 80. Proper plant care • Depends on the season – Fall: dig up perennial bulbs (or you can try to take them at any season, if it’s urgent, but don’t expect high survival rates) – Winter: start seeds before you head out...but they’re extra- fragile as seedlings, so be careful – Spring: start your garden in containers – Summer: start a fall/winter garden • Water before and a er moving • Cover to protect from wind during transportationTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 81. TransplantingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 82. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them...Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 83. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practicesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 84. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbanceTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 85. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soilTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 86. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environmentTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 87. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depthTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 88. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depth • Provide extra shelterTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 89. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depth • Provide extra shelter • Water consistentlyTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 90. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depth • Provide extra shelter • Water consistently • Fertigate (water + fertilize)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 91. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depth • Provide extra shelter • Water consistently • Fertigate (water + fertilize) – Add PTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 92. Transplanting • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance • Create a favorable soil environment • Transplant to the right depth • Provide extra shelter • Water consistently • Fertigate (water + fertilize) – Add P – Wait a li le while to add NTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 93. Step-by-step: Up-po ingTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 94. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out spongeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 95. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the topTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 96. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location)Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 97. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location) 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil and ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press the soil down rmly so that it is evenly compressedTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 98. Step-by-step: Up-po ing 1. Moisten po ing soil to be wet, not soaking the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with rmed-down soil so that when the plant with its old rootball is set on top, the base of the stem will be at the level of or just below the top 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location) 4. Set plant on top of lled-in soil and ll the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press the soil down rmly so that it is evenly compressed 5. Know the ingredients of your po ing soil if it contains fertilizer, don’t add moreTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 99. Step-by-step: Planting outTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 100. Step-by-step: Planting out 1. Prepare the soil: if the area has not been cultivated before, double dig (this loosens and aerates the soil, creates consistent soil texture, improves drainage, and stimulates microorganism activity); if it is an established bed, go to the second step!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 101. Step-by-step: Planting out 1. Prepare the soil: if the area has not been cultivated before, double dig (this loosens and aerates the soil, creates consistent soil texture, improves drainage, and stimulates microorganism activity); if it is an established bed, go to the second step! 2. Dig a hole in the ground about 2x the diameter and same depth of the plant’s rootballTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 102. Step-by-step: Planting out 1. Prepare the soil: if the area has not been cultivated before, double dig (this loosens and aerates the soil, creates consistent soil texture, improves drainage, and stimulates microorganism activity); if it is an established bed, go to the second step! 2. Dig a hole in the ground about 2x the diameter and same depth of the plant’s rootball 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers (assuming it’s small enough), inverting the container so the plant is below your hand and the rootball in your palmTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 103. Step-by-step: Planting out 1. Prepare the soil: if the area has not been cultivated before, double dig (this loosens and aerates the soil, creates consistent soil texture, improves drainage, and stimulates microorganism activity); if it is an established bed, go to the second step! 2. Dig a hole in the ground about 2x the diameter and same depth of the plant’s rootball 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers (assuming it’s small enough), inverting the container so the plant is below your hand and the rootball in your palm 4. Place plant in the hole and ll in sides with loose soil, then press down rmlyTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 104. Step-by-step: Planting out 1. Prepare the soil: if the area has not been cultivated before, double dig (this loosens and aerates the soil, creates consistent soil texture, improves drainage, and stimulates microorganism activity); if it is an established bed, go to the second step! 2. Dig a hole in the ground about 2x the diameter and same depth of the plant’s rootball 3. Remove plant gently from current container by squeezing sides and, while holding its stem between your index and middle ngers (assuming it’s small enough), inverting the container so the plant is below your hand and the rootball in your palm 4. Place plant in the hole and ll in sides with loose soil, then press down rmly 5. Top-dress with compost in a halo/donut at the dripline of the plantTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 105. Other optionsTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 106. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have?Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 107. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plotTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 108. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like ge ing a post office boxTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 109. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like ge ing a post office box – Neighborhood organizationTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 110. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like ge ing a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.!Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 111. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like ge ing a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.! – CSATuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 112. Other options • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like ge ing a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.! – CSA • Eat well until you get se ledTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 113. e mooshy stuffTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 114. e mooshy stuff • Moving is hard, and moving a garden can be even harder...but like breaking up, while it is really hard to do, it provides unexpected opportunitiesTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 115. e mooshy stuff • Moving is hard, and moving a garden can be even harder...but like breaking up, while it is really hard to do, it provides unexpected opportunities • Sometimes you just have to say goodbyeTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 116. e mooshy stuff • Moving is hard, and moving a garden can be even harder...but like breaking up, while it is really hard to do, it provides unexpected opportunities • Sometimes you just have to say goodbye • Be prepared for your gardening habits, conditions, etc. to change dramatically when you moveTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 117. e mooshy stuff • Moving is hard, and moving a garden can be even harder...but like breaking up, while it is really hard to do, it provides unexpected opportunities • Sometimes you just have to say goodbye • Be prepared for your gardening habits, conditions, etc. to change dramatically when you move • What you did before is a gi to the next person who lives there and to the earth, as wellTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 118. e mooshy stuff • Moving is hard, and moving a garden can be even harder...but like breaking up, while it is really hard to do, it provides unexpected opportunities • Sometimes you just have to say goodbye • Be prepared for your gardening habits, conditions, etc. to change dramatically when you move • What you did before is a gi to the next person who lives there and to the earth, as well • Keep your eyes on the prize: feeding yourself and your family, being healthy and active outdoors, and contributing positively to your local ecosystemTuesday, January 31, 2012
  • 119. Questions?Tuesday, January 31, 2012