TRANSPLANTING VEGETABLE SEEDLINGS
When transplanting seedlings into the vegetable garden, some extra care is needed to nurture them along until they become established and settled in their new home. Use these simple steps to ensure your new vegetable garden is off to a great start.
1. Prevent Transplant Shock
Imagine being rudely removed out of your comfortable home, and dropped down in some strange new environment.That would freak you out a bit, right? That’s what it is like for the plant when it is transplanted into the vegetable garden. Make sure the seedlings and the new garden bed are well watered and moist to prevent transplant shock.
2. Avoid Damaging the Plant Roots
One very fast way to kill a transplant is to damage the root system. Take care when removing seedlings from their pack by gently nudging them out from the bottom making sure not to damage their tender roots.
3. Dig a Proper Hole
A good planting hole is very important to how well the transplant adapts and grows to its new home. The planting hole should be at least double the width as the root ball of the seedling. The depth of the planting hole should be equal to the current depth of the seedling. Transplanting the seedling too deep, or too shallow, can cause unwanted results. The soil in and around the planting hole should be loosened well to make it easier for the plant roots to grow downward and out. Don’t forget to add compost when backfilling the planting hole.
4. Keep the soil consistently moist
The last thing you want to do is to transplant your vegetables then walk away without watering them! Newly transplanted plants need to be watered well until they have become established in their new home and began developing new growth. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Water the transplants deeply each day, depending on rainfall amounts.
Happy Gardening, Manti