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Adventures in Mobile Gardening

| 4/14/2015 10:52:00 AM

Homesteading with Mrs DThe Homestead crew went to Albuquerque the other day and stopped at a home-improvement store on the way back. I couldn’t resist the colorful flowers and perky tomato plants, so I picked up some new victims/prospects for this year’s mobile homestead gardening experiment. Aren’t they pretty?



Tomatoes, crookneck squash, strawberries, peppermint and some flowers. Vines which I do not have luck with starting from seed. Sadly, the tomatoes and squash have already succumbed to the late Colorado freeze.

garden soil

The current survivors have been transplanted into pots. The boy and I used a mix of organic compost and non-organic garden soil. Hey, the budget is a bit tight right now. We do what we can. The first night, the pots were all next to the front door of the trailer, but the lack of sun (our door is currently facing north) prompted me to move them to the back of the trailer, where they would get the morning sun and hopefully survive the cold nights a little better. We used the foam board we skirted the trailer with during the extreme cold for windbreaks to protect the little plants.

5/5/2015 6:14:49 PM

Thanks, Jim, sometimes I forget about the simple solutions. With the various places we travel to, I should be able to collect some rotted forest mulch somewhere and keep it on hand for mixing with local soil when I am ready to plant. I don't like to use vermiculite, either. I try to keep the pots aerated with a fork and some shredded paper or cloth.

4/19/2015 7:59:33 AM

Robyn, When you said tight budget, boy did that hit home. If you have access to a wooded area, you may be able to manage more than quite well without buying any commercial potting soil. If you have older downed tress in your woods, or can find older rotted stumps, take your bucket and a small hand trowel or shovel and collect all that rotted wood. It will look almost like wet sawdust. Stay away from black walnut, and there may be others to be careful of, yet that is the only one I know. Rake back the top layer of leaves and collect the rotted wet stuff under that top layer. I mix what I get with about 50% of the red clay soil that is prevalent here. I may, if I have it, toss in a shovelful of aged manure. If you need to purchase anything it may be a small bag of vermiculite yet I don't even use that anymore. I also use old newspapers to make my seedling pots out of. You can find articles on doing that on line as well. I hope you can find time to let me hear from you about your adventures there as I am very happy to share my own triumphs and losses here. Jim

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