Gardening on the Move

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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 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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Gardening on the Move

  1. 1. Gardening on the Move Independence Gardens Portland, OR Download the handout that goes along with this slideshow! http://bit.ly/Ark5N4 January 2012 © Independence Gardens LLC Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover TodayIntro 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. 3. Topics We’ll Cover • Garden = verb (why we teach this class) • 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! • Alternatives What We’ll Cover TodayPreview Got Questions? Please ask as we go along. Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  4. 4. Garden = verb Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  5. 5. Garden = verb • Moving both plants and garden infrastructure is possible...but not everything in the garden can/ should come along Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  6. 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 use Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  7. 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 on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  8. 8. Moving...from where to where? Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  9. 9. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  10. 10. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  11. 11. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  12. 12. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  13. 13. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  14. 14. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  15. 15. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  16. 16. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move – You knew it was coming Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  17. 17. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  18. 18. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden... Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  19. 19. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden... • Never not moving Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  20. 20. Moving...from where to where? • Small to large – Movin’ on up! • Large to small – Downsizing • Place to place – When you gotta go... • The planned move – You knew it was coming • Surprise relocation – All of a sudden... • Never not moving – Inspiration follows! Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  21. 21. Mobile gardens Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  22. 22. Mobile gardens Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  23. 23. Mobile gardens The moral of the story: a garden can be anywhere, and anyone can grow one! Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  24. 24. Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  25. 25. • Many veggies are annuals, so with containers, countertops, or decent timing and simple soil prep, you can start over almost anytime Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  26. 26. • 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, lettuce, spinach, beans... Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  27. 27. • 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, lettuce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  28. 28. • 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, lettuce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider putting some of these in containers so you can move them easily if and when you move again Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  29. 29. • 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, lettuce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider putting some of these in containers so you can move them easily if and when you move again • Garden animals need special treatment Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  30. 30. • 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, lettuce, spinach, beans... • Harder things to move include: trees, big berry bushes, asparagus beds, artichokes, bulbs, etc. – Consider putting 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 needs Top plant picks Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  31. 31. Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  32. 32. • Container examples: Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  33. 33. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  34. 34. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  35. 35. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  36. 36. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Potting soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  37. 37. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Potting soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to lift Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  38. 38. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Potting soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to lift – Easy takedown/rebuild Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  39. 39. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Potting soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to lift – Easy takedown/rebuild – Wheels/skids Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  40. 40. • Container examples: – Ceramic or plastic pots, suitcases, milk jugs, boots, hanging pots, “topsy turvy” tomato planters... • Features of good containers include: – Good drainage – Potting soil, maybe mixed with compost/garden soil – Easy for you to lift – Easy takedown/rebuild – Wheels/skids – Support structures for taller plants Container gardening primer Container gardens are a good choice when you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  41. 41. Container gardening resources Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  42. 42. Container gardening resources • How-tos: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  43. 43. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  44. 44. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  45. 45. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU Extension Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  46. 46. Container gardening resources • How-tos: – Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins • www.storey.com – OSU Extension • extension.oregonstate.edu/ catalog/html/grow/grow/ container.html Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  47. 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 Gardening Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  48. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 58. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth – 4” pots in a windowsill – The 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. 59. Countertop gardening • Grow your own... – Sprouts – Wheatgrass – Salad greens – Tomatoes? • Using... – Mason jars and cheesecloth – 4” pots in a windowsill – The old 1# salad greens box – Prefab indoor arrays Countertop gardens are an efficient use of space, can be used year- round, and are very moveable! Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  60. 60. Big move logistics Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  61. 61. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  62. 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. 63. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The timing of your move determines what you’re able to do Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  64. 64. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  65. 65. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  66. 66. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  67. 67. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The timing of your move determines what you’re able to do • Moving plants – Good labeling & proper plant care • Moving infrastructure – Take it all apart Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  68. 68. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  69. 69. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The 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. 70. Big move logistics • Timing is of the essence – Sometimes you’re in control of that, and sometimes you’re not... – The 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. 71. Quick soil prep: double dig • Double digging – Soil prep technique via John Jeavons • Changes structure • Creates raised beds – Hard work but immediate gratification • Remove sod • Dig trench along one end & move soil to other end of garden bed • Fill first trench with compost & incorporate soil from next trench over • At the end of the bed, incorporate soil from first trench with compost • Smooth surface into planting bed Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  72. 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, cottonseed meal, fish 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. 73. Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  74. 74. • Depends on the season Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  75. 75. • 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) Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  76. 76. • 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 Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  77. 77. • 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 Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  78. 78. • 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 Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  79. 79. • 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 after moving Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  80. 80. • 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 after moving • Cover to protect from wind during transportation Proper plant care Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  81. 81. Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  82. 82. • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  83. 83. • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  84. 84. • When plants develop to a certain point in one location…and then you have to move them... – Basic best practices • Avoid root disturbance Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  85. 85. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  86. 86. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  87. 87. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  88. 88. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  89. 89. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  90. 90. • 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) Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  91. 91. • 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 Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  92. 92. • 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 little while to add N Transplanting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  93. 93. Step-by-step: Up-potting Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  94. 94. Step-by-step: Up-potting 1. Moisten potting soil to be wet, not soaking—the consistency of a wrung- out sponge Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  95. 95. Step-by-step: Up-potting 1. Moisten potting soil to be wet, not soaking—the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with firmed-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 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  96. 96. Step-by-step: Up-potting 1. Moisten potting soil to be wet, not soaking—the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with firmed-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 fingers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location) Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  97. 97. Step-by-step: Up-potting 1. Moisten potting soil to be wet, not soaking—the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with firmed-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 fingers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location) 4. Set plant on top of filled-in soil and fill the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press the soil down firmly so that it is evenly compressed Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  98. 98. Step-by-step: Up-potting 1. Moisten potting soil to be wet, not soaking—the consistency of a wrung- out sponge 2. Fill your new container with firmed-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 fingers, inverting the container (or dig root ball out of current location) 4. Set plant on top of filled-in soil and fill the voids in the pot with moistened soil, then press the soil down firmly so that it is evenly compressed 5. Know the ingredients of your potting soil—if it contains fertilizer, don’t add more Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  99. 99. Step-by-step: Planting out Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  100. 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. 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 rootball Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  102. 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 fingers (assuming it’s small enough), inverting the container so the plant is below your hand and the rootball in your palm Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  103. 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 fingers (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 fill in sides with loose soil, then press down firmly Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  104. 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 fingers (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 fill in sides with loose soil, then press down firmly 5. Top-dress with compost in a halo/donut at the dripline of the plant Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  105. 105. Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  106. 106. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  107. 107. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  108. 108. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like getting a post office box Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  109. 109. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like getting a post office box – Neighborhood organization Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  110. 110. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like getting a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.! Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  111. 111. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like getting a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.! – CSA Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  112. 112. • When a stressful move isn’t really optional...what other choices do you have? – Community garden plot • Kind of like getting a post office box – Neighborhood organization • Grow at someone else’s house/apt.! – CSA • Eat well until you get settled Other options Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  113. 113. The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  114. 114. • 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 The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  115. 115. • 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 The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  116. 116. • 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 The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  117. 117. • 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 gift to the next person who lives there and to the earth, as well The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  118. 118. • 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 gift 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 ecosystem The mooshy stuff Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  119. 119. Questions? Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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