Gardening Tips and Tricks

Transplanting Vegetables

Transplanting Spinach
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So I went out to my green house today and WOW, it is as though over night my veggies had exploded.   My lettuce and spinach look lush and healthy, the only problem now is they are crowded.  I have always had a hard time thinning my veggies and my husband would end up re-thinning them later.=(.  I was disappointed to see so many seedlings I had nurtured and cared for tossed carelessly in the compost.  That is when I devised a plan to transplant as many as I could from the greenhouse into the garden.   I know what you are thinking stop right there lady!   This sounds time consuming and what are the chances these little buggers are going to make it anyhow?   Hear me out.

The system we use takes very little time and by doing it you will increase your harvest an save money, not only at the grocery store but also in buying cell packs when you realize you only have enough food for a couple of small harvests.

Transplanting Vegetables

Digging up Spinach with a knife

I start by adding fertilizer and compost to the garden bed I will be transplanting into, this is to ensure the seedlings get off to a healthy start.   Pick a day that is overcast, a sunny day will put your plants into shock.  Next, I use a metal kitchen knife and dig under each seedling keeping as much dirt attached as possible. I lift them by their leaves….only their leaves because if you grab the stem at all you will bruise it and your seedlings will die (that would be so upsetting….trust me I have done it).

 

 
Space each plant to the desired length apart, plant them in their new home and water them like crazy.  What I mean when I say crazy is a generous amount of water, not that I want you to let it beat down on them until they are flat…that might kill them too. I have found with all my time in the garden it really pays off to save what you can, in the long run you end up with more food, more money, and the satisfaction of knowing you saved the seedlings someone else may have disposed of.

Easy to transplant:
Lettuce
Spinach
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts
Tomatoes

Medium difficulty:
Cabbage
Eggplant
Squash
Celery

Hard To Transplant:
Beans
Corn
Okra
Root Veggies
Peas

Transplanting Seedlings

Happy Transplanting!!!

Thanks, Corinne

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