How to Harden-off & Tranplant Your Seedlings
Last year the last live talk I gave a talk on hardening off seedlings. I admit I was surprised that out of a room of a couple hundred gardeners,only a third to a half raised their hands when asked if they knew how to harden off seedlings.
When I had been asked to do this talk, I thought it would bore a room of gardeners, but in that moment I understood something fundamental about our gardening journey, that has stayed with me all year.
What may seem basic knowledge to one gardener, may be another gardener’s biggest challenge, or may be something that has eluded them completely.
As I took out my lettuce seedlings to continue the hardening off process, I remembered this talk and thought I’d offer the talk to you in case any of you have struggled with seedlings dying in the garden like my friend Sharon.
Sharon has been gardening for a couple decades longer than I have been.She is someone I look up to for her experience, yet she is primarily a perennial heirloom flower gardener.
Sharon confessed to me a couple years ago when we were potting up seedlings together, that hers tend to die. Turns out she would start her seedlings indoors, then one day, she would take them out and put them in the ground.She had not really hardened off any of her annual vegetable seedlings and just gotten lucky that some would live, but many didn’t. Hence, after years of wasting money on seeds, she had given up on starting seedlings .
So it seemed many of you might be able to use the information in my talk from last January, so here it is.
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Hi! My name is Debby Ward.
Folks hire me when they are ready to start and organic garden or improve the one they already have.
One of the things that has always been my major gift as a gardener working with others, is to see someone strengths and assist them to shine in those strengths, while also clarifying areas with which they are unfamiliar so they have a larger toolkit to evolve as a gardener.
I am a professional organic garden coach, speaker, educator, and presenter with over 50 years of gardening experience.
My family always had food, herb and flower gardens which hooked me in from a very young age.
My interest in growing plants started as soon as I could crawl around my family garden. The first gardening lesson I remember came when I was five, learning the difference between green cherry tomatoes and peas - I’ll tell you the story sometime – my Mom was amazing!
I founded Prior Unity Garden, to inspire and teach gardeners so they grow the garden sanctuary they envision.
I have this somewhat uncommon ability to think both creatively and linearly both. You benefit from this because I can design artistically and create functional simple systems for doing things.
I natively blend my professional process, systemization, management, organization and tech skills with my fine arts background to provide you guidance so you actualize their garden dreams and goals. I combine these two seemingly different ways of functioning seamlessly to you and your garden thrive.
I thrive growing gardeners so their gardens thrive.
I have trained Master Gardeners in Fairfax County VA for the County Extension Office, taught for The Mason Sustainability Institute, Washington Gardener Magazine, at Greensprings and Brookside Gardens, the Take Back Your Health Conference and for many other events, organizations and groups.
I have written articles for Green America and Natural Awakenings Magazines as well as many articles on herbal healing when I was the President of Joe Pye and Friends, the former National Capital Area Herbal Network.
As I have grown this business and learned where other gardeners struggle, she has employed her skill as developing systems to creating gardening courses and offerings.
Known as Garden Coach Deb, I offer one-on-one organic garden coaching and training over zoom. You also have a selection of virtual courses to serve you and your garden.
I love to ‘paint with plants’ combining my love of plants with my fine arts degree and sense of style, color and space. And, I love to create gardening worksheets, forms and systems to simplify sometimes complex organic gardening methods for you as a home gardener.
I value biodiversity, community, healthy living soil, fresh organic food, music and the prior unity inherent in all beings.
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