Garden Tips

Tip #1: Insulation

The Movable Garden Boxes can be easily insulated with rigid foam board to transform them into proper cold frames. Cut and out fit the foam panels between the exterior corner posts on the sides and under the box bottom. Insulating your box in the Spring or Fall will extend your growing season.


Tip #2: Ventilation


Caution! The polycarbonate lid must be opened on days when the temperatures are above 55 degrees F. The lid material is so effective at increasing the internal temperature of the box that one can easily 'cook their veggies' before their time! Depending on the intensity of the sun, the grower can adjust the lid to moderate the temperature within the box.


Tip #3: Hail-Proof Your Garden

Montana hail storms come unexpectedly! Polycarbonate lids not only insulate and increase the internal temperatures of our Movable Gardens, but they also help protect your plants from hail damage. Whether fully closed or propped open, hail bounces off the durable lid. Just think... with a Movable Garden, a gardener no longer needs to worry about hailstorms while away from home.


Tip #4: Beware of Bagged Soil

Here's a little info about what kind of soil will be best in your Movable Garden.

Soil is composed of inorganic materials (minerals, broken-down rock, sand, silt, and/or clay) and organic materials (peat moss and "compost," which can be made from manure, kitchen scraps/plant matter, and/or wood chips). Optimal garden soil mostly contains inorganic materials and only 2-10% organic matter. Adding organic matter to garden soil can be a good way to replenish certain minerals and improve garden health, however, there is a very common misconception that "more is better" when it comes to adding manure, compost, or peat to garden soil. By adding too much organic matter, you can actually 'kill your garden with kindness.'

Most likely, you will be filling up your Movable Garden purchased soil. Recently I stopped at a few of my local Home & Garden stores and checked out their pre-bagged soil. When I read the fine print of the "soil" ingredients, I was shocked. All of the bags explicitly labeled "Garden Soil" and "Top Soil" contained absolutely no inorganic matter. The "soil" was made from 100% organic matter- manure, compost, peat moss and/or wood chips. These were not bags of soil, they were mislabeled bags of compost. I went to a several different stores and could not find any bags of real soil that contained any amount of inorganic matter.

Before you buy a bag of soil for use in your Movable Garden, read the label carefully. Remember, it should contain about 95% inorganic matter and 5% organic matter. If you cannot find any proper soil that is pre-bagged, your best bet is to purchase some un-bagged soil from your local Garden Center. Many "Pa & Ma style" Garden Centers have big piles of top soil, loam (garden loam usually contains ideal ratios of sand, silt, clay, and organic matter), and manure for sale. You can shovel the soil into the back of your car or truck, or to make it easier for yourself, shovel the soil directly into the "inner bins" that fit inside a Movable Garden. Ask the Garden Center workers what the soil contains and if it is from a reputable source. A good garden has good soil!

If you can't find labels or answers about soil ingredients, here's the rule of thumb: "real" garden soil is black or dark brown. It is rich-looking, retains moisture well, and is quite heavy. Soil is not too dense, but not so light and fluffy that it will blow away. It is made of bigger clumps and particles as well as smaller particles. Fake "soil" that is mostly or all organic matter is often a lighter brown color and dries out quickly. It is usually much lighter than soil and may blow away when you drop a handful of it. It is mostly fluffy and not so dense. Often, the majority of its composition is small stick-like pieces or fluffy bark. Be careful: water is added to fake "soil" to give it the perception that it is dark, rich, and heavy.

If have any questions about soil or would like to purchase a custom-crafted Movable Garden, please contact us at movablegarden@gmail.com


Tip #5: Start your seedlings in a Movable Garden

Gardening season is just around the corner-- time to start your seedlings in a Greenovision Movable Garden.

How have you usually started your seedlings? Many people start their seeds indoors, balancing trays of soil precariously on their windowsills. This method is often annoying because the trays take up space and you must be protected from curious pets. When seedlings grow bigger, many people "harden them off" by carrying the trays outdoors for a while then back in. Carrying plants inside and out every day is often a tedious process.

Starting your seeds in Movable Garden simplifies the seed-starting process. Seeds can be sown indoors in a cedar bin, similarly to how you usually start seeds in a plastic tray. Place the bin in a warm, sunny location and keep a towel, piece of cardboard, or other type of liner under the bin to contain any water that may drain. Once the outdoor temperatures are warm enough, you can carry the bin outside and place it inside the Movable Garden during the day. The polycarbonate plastic lid heats the interior of the garden, creating a mini-greenhouse effect. At the end of the day when the temperatures drop, the bin can be carried indoors where it's warmer or the entire Movable Garden can be wheeled inside a warm garage or shed. Once your seedlings are ready to be transplanted into your garden, the bin can be easily carried around your working spots.

Most folks in Montana have plenty of space for growing large gardens and don't understand the benefits of having a small Movable Garden. Using a Movable Garden for as a mini-greenhouse starting seedlings alone can be a huge asset to the larger-scale gardener. Three cedar "inner bins" fit inside the 3x4 Movable Garden. If you have a lot of seeds to start, three bins can accommodate a lot of seedlings!

Let's get planting! Please email us at movablegarden@gmail.com with any questions or to purchase a hand-crafted Movable Garden.