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No Garden This Year?

Well, it seems that we’re destined to move sometime in the next couple of months. So the question is where to.

A side effect of this is that it’s kinda pointless to put in a garden this year. So scratch that.

I’m pretty bummed out, because it’s something we enjoy doing. But with the time needed elsewhere, I don’t know what else to do.

I do think we’ll do some small scale container gardening so that we can take things with us when we go.

And should something happen from a disaster perspective, we’ve still got all the seeds and the stuff needed to make planting mix. So if we had to start a garden on the quick, we could.

What would you do if you were in our situation?

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10 Responses to No Garden This Year?

  1. Being a military family has meant lots of moves in our crazy life. Our motto is bloom where you are planted even if for a short period. I have often started a garden and seen the first buds or fruits only to receive the dreaded orders to move…thus leaving a garden for the next family to tend to. I have prayed that our sowing and tending has blessed that family and started a new tradion with them. We’ve also done container gardening when we thought we would only be in a location a short period of time and transporting was an option. However, our failure out weighed our successes in that area. Just couldn’t get the things to continue to thrive.

  2. I am from the “old school” so a garden would be put in and preserve as much as I could. Then if I had to move I would move my household and take the garden veggies, fruits, etc. along with me and have the food to live on.

  3. I’d have to start a garden, I wouldn’t be able not to. LOL And we all know how influx life can be, maybe the move won’t happen until a bit later & then you’d still have all the fruits of your garden labor (and the happiness of hands in the dirt). I would definitely plan it to be as mobile as possible though so the containers are a good idea. Sending thoughts of smooth transitions!

  4. Do you own the house you are in? Would a veggie garden make it more interesting to a possible buyer?????

  5. Having an organic garden was a selling point we used when marketing our home. Just make sure to take out the stragglers after harvest. Flowers make great cub appeal!

  6. i feel for you- we have started a BIG garden and hubby is talking about selling- but the market is down right now- so we are just continuing on- containers is what i would suggest- and i second- the picture looks great- also i can recommend those topsy tervy things for tomatoes- i dont know how they do on other plants
    good luck at the new place- can you start your garden there or is it too far to tend to right now?

  7. I don’t think I could not have a garden. I’d have to plant vegetables even if I wasn’t going to be the one to reap the benefits! The thing about the garden is if you are prepared and have food on hand the garden will either suppliment you with fresh items or provide for food for the future. Since you know you won’t be able to get a good garden this year I’d stock up a little more with your food storage as a hedge for the lack of the garden.

  8. I’ve moved dozens of times and faced this repeatedly. If you had to break new ground would be one thing, but since you have a prepared garden space plant it! Maybe skip the squash and fall crops, but even if you only have two months you can still get in some short season crops, salad greens at least. Prioritize high yield varieties for your containers, and use tomato cages for peppers, eggplants, etc as well as tomatoes to give them more support in transit. If you are aquiring new containers for this, try for something that will pack tightly and efficiently into your mode of transportation.

    If you are moving within the same general area maybe a community garden plot or friend/relative’s yard could be your garden this year.

    If you can tend it once a week or so (like if you went regularly to work on building,) some plants like squash could be put in on your rural property and left in a ‘wild garden’ to take care of itself, with maybe some milk-jug type auto-water-ers. Some ideas from permaculture and wildcrafting might help, like plant a few smaller patches of things separated by wild plants to keep pests from spreading, trap plants, maybe cultivate some wild native foods. Lower yields with this half-*** method certainly, but better than none and also less work than normal. Rosemary, potatoes, winter squashes, pumpkins, ginger, maybe some root veggies come to mind for this.