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Transplanting Plant Starts Into Garden Bed


I think planting from plant starts is the most efficient ways to get plants into my garden. Reason being, plant starts keep my success rate a lot higher then when I directly sow most seeds into my garden beds. I'm growing on an urban lot so my space is limited ultimately making the amount of plants I can grow limited. I guess what I'm trying to say is if I was growing on a larger space I would be able factor in a certain amount of plants to fall victim to their new nasty world (I still do this by starting a few extra seeds when making my own plant starts). Hahahaha In my space it sucks when I loose two plants! So I want to do what I can to increase my odds of having a proper yelled when it's all said and done.I've lost full crops of lettuce by directly sowing to my garden bed. Yeah the snails had a field day. Please don't get me wrong plant starts don't come with a 100% guaranty. (I've lost my share.) A hand shovel is my go to for transplanting. They just make it a lot easer for me to judge the depth of hole I'm going to need. Most hand shovels I buy, have ruler on them to show just how deep I am while digging my hole. I generally dig about an inch or so deeper and fill in that inch with worm castings, rock dust and kelp as well as mycorrhizae (if I have some) just to give the plants a boost. I'll often water the start in with some compost tea (I like to keep some brewing in a 5 gal bucket just for this reason). Over time I've developed an eye to for the for the size and depth of hole I'm going to dig. Most plant starts I buy or grow myself come in a few different pots sizes: 4pk are right about 3in in depth 6pk are right about 3 to 3.5in in depth 4-4.5in pots are right about 4-5in in depth or my whole hand shovel For anything bigger I remove the soil, generally from the bottom up to expose the roots. When I get the mold to the size I want I then plant. I try to retain the original soil line just to make the transplanting process that more easer. The reason I want to maintain the original soil line is 1. that's where the plant has been established, more specifically the roots. 2. when you go deeper than the soil line the plant will now began to focus a great deal on now reestablishing a new root ball. Taking away from everything else I want the plant to be focused on. ie. the foliage and fruit (where it applies) The times I've planted above the original soil line I found the plant had a harder time setting it's roots in it's new soil, and every time I went to harvest (in this case some lettuce) the plant would easily be pulled out of the soil. Needless to say this plant didn't last too long. Anyhow I've rambled long enough. Hahaha Thanks again for watching. If you have any questions please feel free to post them down below. Also shot out to bajiroo.com for the hugging carrot pic. If you want a good laugh you should check out their site. Peace yall

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