How to Transplant in July (plants and oneself)

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Can you transplant trees and plants in July?  With the right conditions, yes.  This summer is unusually autumn-like again!  Rain, cool mornings, it is an odd summer…again…or maybe it’s the new norm.  Anyhoo, since we aren’t in our usual hundred degree weather pattern, then transplants will generally take.  I moved the trees we planted a few months ago to my friend’s house.  Their roots were still shallow and I was easily able to dig around the base and lift the trees up.  I did the same with five rose bushes I had planted.  Today I will bring over all the herbs by scooping them out of the soil and quickly placing them in pots.

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The other key to successful transplanting is acting quickly.  Dig the tree up, place it in a trash can with a little soil and get in the truck!  Get to your destination, dig a hole, replant before the tree (rose, herb, vegetable…) is any wiser.  Give a drink, some dappled sun, and there you have it, $500 worth of plants moved to their new home.

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I wish I could capture a picture with my old cracked IPOD of all the hummingbirds swarming around me on this cool morning.  I am sitting on my friend’s balcony looking out across the misty forest, and breathing in the sweet pine and hay scented air.  We spent the night last night.  It felt vacation-like and freeing.  The girls are in their new apartment.  We will get bring our kitties over today and finish all of our moving.  It will take another few weeks to finish being completely out of the house.  It is amazing how long it takes to unfeather a nest.

Margie's fairy house

Margie’s fairy house

To be continued….