Moving Garden

The internet is riddled with advice about moving house, but what about moving garden! It’s interesting, because I value my garden nearly as much as the house itself, so getting that organised for our imminent house move has taken plenty of thought and action. I thought I’d share some hints and tips on moving garden from my own experience this week.

• Before taking established plants from your garden clarify with your buyers that they understand you’re doing this, and if you can, get your solicitor to mention it in the contract. There has been many an occasion when a buyer has turned up at their new house expecting to see the beautiful garden in full bloom only to find that it’s a mud pit and they’re not understandably not too happy about it.

• You’ll probably need another removal lorry. I have a modest amount of patio pots, ranging from two or three which would fit small trees or shrubs in, and dozens of smaller clay pots, and one barrel. Apparently – it’s very common for keen gardeners to need another removal van, as pots take up loads of room because you can’t stack them. Barrels apparently are the worst – normally the bottoms fall out! So empty it first if you can before the move.

• It’s a wrench to move from a garden that you’ve planned and nurtured and put your heart and soul into. But the excitement of a new patch to cultivate and get to know by far outweighs the downside. You will always take your knowledge with you. And all being well – some of your plants too.
• Good to know is that the plants in your garden are classed within the fixtures and fittings list that you provide to your buyers before exchange, so if you plan to export your beloved plants or even just take one or two plants with you, make sure you’re transparent with the buyers to avoid disputes.

• I took a few cuttings a while back, so they were already rooted before moving day. I have also taken quite a few plants that I have no idea if they’ll move well. I guess we’ll find out. I’ve dug up quite a few Angelica Gigas Vicars Mead, but already they’re looking a bit sad. And it’s two days to moving day. What I’m hoping is at least some of the seeds will come

• I’ve also gone round collecting seeds from some of my favourite plants. And I suspect I will also be taking some unwanted visitors in the soil too – this is one to watch. I know I will have some alchemilla mollis that will surface as there’s so much of it here – and it self seeds rampantly.

• Remember to harvest fruit and veg too, it will probably only go to waste unless someone moves in immediately.

Just remember when one garden gate shuts, another opens – to a whole new exciting world of planting opportunities!

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