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Our adventure transplanting bushes

Gramma’s getting ready to sell the house!!
Of course, that means we have to go “steal” those red currant and gooseberry bushes, as well as three, huge rhubarb plants.

But how to get 7 bushes moved 50 miles??

A good way to start is with a truck, luckily we had traded the jeep for a dual wheel truck.

So let’s get to it….

We started by tying up the bushes with twine to make it easier to move around them.

We dug a large radius around the bushes as best we could- about 6 inches- but the bushes had grown so large that many of the roots underneath were tangled.

It took digging down about 8 inches and pulling out quite a bit of dirt to loosen the root system while (hopefully) preserving enough of the roots to survive the move. It helped to have two people to get shovels under the bush on both sides to help get the bush out of the dirt.
We put the bushes into individual garbage bags to move them (if moving gooseberry bushes-beware the thorns!)

Once getting back out to our farm-to-be, we mowed down some of the pasture to plant the bushes where we get more sun during the day.
This area requires constant mowing to keep the pasture grass down, and we used mulch to help keep the area around each bush clear. We used 8 bags (3 cubic meters each) to cover the 5 red currant bushes and 2 gooseberry bushes.
The gooseberry bushes we put next to our growing Elderberry bushes.

Flower Pot Fail

I need a bigger pot!

How many times has this happened to you starting seedlings in the house. The frost warnings are finally dwindling, and your seedlings are growing like weeds.

Their roots are tangling up with each other, and you have no larger pots in your house.

What you do have is a bunch of shredded paper, flour, and warm water!

So the idea pops into your head, hey those pots I buy from the hardware store are just pressed paper right, so why not make papier-mache pots and save yourself the trip and the money!

Well, we did that and here’s our story….

Making normal papier-mache with paper, flour, and water we began.
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Using pint glasses upside down as our mold, we squashed our homemade papier-mache onto the glass.
forming 2 We ended up having too much water and needing to squeeze the excess out before pasting it to what we already had on the glass.

Also, the paper started to slip down the glass while we were trying to add more so the next handful must be added carefully.
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The completed pots weren’t drying fast enough so we put them in the oven at the lowest temperature setting possible, and they sat in there for over an hour.
The finally finished pots were looking great so we transplanted our growing tomatoes.
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And because these pots were taking their sweet time to dry we made other pots by rolling ads around a soup can and crushing the bottom up.
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If you decide to try this method for making pots, STOP YOURSELF!

After a few weeks the pots themselves started to mold because of the flour, which we then think spread to our plants and made the top floor of our house reek! We tried putting cinnamon on the plants to stop the mold, but by the time we could get out to the garden to plant, the seedlings were no longer viable.

While we may have saved money, we certainly did not save time and effort. Lesson Learned!