Learn Kitchen Gardening: Time Transplants to Avoid Plant Stress
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It’s like that 90s “location, location, location” guy, but I’m telling you: The key to growing more food in less space is: “timing, timing, timing!”
That’s true for everything from interplanting to crop rotation, but in this case I’m referring to timing your transplanting to avoid plant stress. For these ‘Ellen Brown Stripe’ Dry Pole Beans, I waited out wind, cool soil temperatures, and mid-day sun to get them off to a good start. To make sure, I tested the soil with my hand to confirm it had that comfy feeling (you could use any sensitive body part)…
Growing more food in less space depends as much on the question of ‘when’ as the question of ‘what’ or ‘how’. The Edible Time Machine video course provides instruction and demonstration for growing crops, but it also documents the timing I use to grow my own veg here in Victoria, BC (very similar conditions to many west coast locales) . Although specific dates will vary from year to year and place to place, the principles of crop rotation, garden phenology, and successional interplanting do not. (for example, it’s always time to check for cabbage moth when the first dandelions go to seed, wherever you are etc…). So if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or aspiring vegetable gardener, and if you learn best by watching, adapting, and doing, you’ll find the Edible Time Machine video course really gets you growing.
A lot of random and disparate vegetable gardening info can be found on youtube for this crop or that, but how can you bring it all together into a coherent and productive whole?
Especially here on the mild-wintered west coast, successful gardening is about understanding the big picture of how crops fit together in garden space and across seasonal time. With good garden layout, mindful crop rotation, and productivity boosting techniques like successional interplanting , you can have a real garden system that drip-feeds meal-sized harvests into your kitchen throughout the year.
The edible time machine video course provides crop-specific growing tips within the larger context of the whole garden and the whole season, balancing the useful details with the principals and patterns of ecological gardening.
Click bed sections on my web-based garden map to see time-lapse lessons in intensive small-scale vegetable production. Each cropumentry provides crop-by-crop instruction, demonstration, and documentation, all aimed at empowering you to get growing!
So check out and learn how to have fun connecting to nature while trimming both your grocery budget and carbon food-print!