10 Things Gardeners Do When They Know They Are Moving


Gardening has a lot of benefits for your health, your home, and your pocket book.  After a time, many of the activities are second nature.  Not doing them seems contrary to our personalities.

When a move is in the near future, these automatic activities take on a different look.  For example, instead of making sure there is enough spaghetti sauce to last through till the next year, calculations are made to see how much you can use up before having to pay to move it.  (It would probably be cheaper to buy organic sauce once you get to your new location.)

If you are facing a move there will be many details to keep track of, your gardening being a small part of your list.  This does not mean you should ignore this area of your life, but instead focus on some of the most important aspects, both practical and emotional.

Here are 10 Things Gardeners Do When They Know They Are Moving.

  1. Make a conscious effort to use up home canned goods in their pantry. If not already doing so, they try to use up all the lovely goodies from past harvests that are sitting in their pantries.  Moving filled jars is heavy and difficult.  If using a moving company, they may not agree to move them. Unless you have a very large vehicle to transport them in, they could take up a lot of room in your car.  If moving them yourself, they are heavy and harder to pack.
  2. Make a list of all the perennials in their garden they want to dig up and take with them. They contemplate whether they will grow in the new climate, survive a season in a pot until a more permanent in-ground home can be found, or if it is better to give it to a friend and ask for starts back in a year or two.
  3. Finally toss that packet of seeds, which were best used … 6 years ago.   It can be hard to let go of things that ‘might be’, things that ‘could be great’ if you  just had the time/space/mental energy.  While seed catalogs are filled with new packets of seeds every year, it can be hard to ‘waste’ seeds.
  4. Come to the realization that you can not take it all with you.   The garden soil you have spent time amending to the point that even almost dead flowers come back to life in brilliant displays of color.  Yup, it has to stay.  The hostas you finally acquired, and then separated, creating a shade garden where you used to fight your grass?  Someone else will get to enjoy them growing.
  5. Begin to dream of their new gardens. While it is sad to leave the garden you have put time, effort, and love into, the adventure of having a new slate to work on can be a great distraction.  Now challenges to overcome, new blessings to enjoy, how can you not start to get excited?  Will it be shady or sunny? Dry or wet?  Will there already have been a gardener there previously who paved (hopefully not with actual pavement) the way for you or will it have been neglected to the point of using all your knowledge to even get weeds to grow?  You may even start cutting out pictures, or mentally filing away ideas that you had been wanting to try, but which did not work for your current garden.
  6. Seek out seed companies in the new area. Each zone, micro zone, and area of the country have their unique quirks.  If you are able to obtain plants and seeds from a source very similar to your new location, you will improve your chance of having a successful garden.  The plants will be adapted to the climates and soils of the area, resulting in less stress and better growth.
  7. Look for local gardening groups. If you are unsure of your skills, or looking for other to connect with, now would be a good time to join a local gardening club in your new area.  You will be assure of having at least one thing in common with others in the group.  It is also a great way to learn about the local pests, successful plants, and methods used in the area.
  8. Stop picking up free coffee grounds and shredded leaves … unless the urge is too high, then they somehow seem to jump into your trunk when you blinked.
  9. Finally accept they will not get to that awesome flower planter … this year.  However, keep the link/photo/source so you can try it over the winter or once you get to your new yard.
  10. Continue to feel guilty that they never go to that awesome flower planter this year, nor the extra soil amenities added to the garden.  Do not worry; the guilt will only last as long as it takes to acquire a new garden.  The list of activities will start anew, as will the list of things you need to do right now! 🙂

Have you moved during a gardening season?  During the winter?  What are some of the things you did, gardening wise, to prepare for the move?