Transplanting & Planting Seedlings
- You can plant garden seeds in any number of household containers including yoghurt tubs, cottage cheese tubs and restaurant take away trays. Fill the container with quality seedling mix and put small drainage holes at the bottom.
- Avoid using garden soil for planting seedlings in pots because garden soil packs down too tightly and also drains poorly.
- If you have saved garden seeds from last years harvest then test your seed viability or germination rate in advance. Simply plant a few seeds well before the normal planting time and count the number of seedkings that come up.
- You can improve your seeds germination rate by spraying aspirin water (1 aspirins dissolved in 5 litres of water) on them before sowing them directly in the ground. The aspirin water can also be used to improve the vigour of lifeless plants and to ward of pests such as aphids.
- It can be difficult to pick up small seeds individually so a good tip is to moisten the tip of a pencil and then use it to pick up one or two seeds and place them into the holes in the soil that you have made.
- Seedlings need more intense light than full grown plants, so place the seed trays in a warm place where they can get 14 to 16 hours a day if possible. If you plant seedlings and they don't get enough light then they will become spindly and weak.
- To acclimatise your seedlings to the garden place them outside in the sun for a few hours a day and then bring them back inside during the night. After a few days of this they will be ready to be transplanted into the vegetable garden.
- When transplanting seedlings wait for an overcast day or plant them late in the afternoon so that they won't suffer during the middle of a hot, sunny day. If you plant them while it is drizzling or just before a rain then even better.
- When the seedlings have developed their second set of leaves and are about 5cm tall then it is time to transplant them into the vegetable garden. If you have grown your seedlings in individual tubs such as yoghurt containers then they will be easy to transplant. Simply take the dirt cube out of the tub and place it into the garden bed with the roots undisturbed so that the plant doesn't suffer from transplant shock.
- When planting seedlings into you garden always water them in well afterwards and be mindful of the temperature over the next few days whilst they establish themselves. If it is going to be hot then you should use some shade cloth to provide some relief for your seedlings from the harsh sun.
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