Transplanting Seedlings Today!

The cold weather crops I started 3 weeks ago are finally big enough for transplanting into larger pots. I ordered some new trays (without holes) and 3½ inch square pots a couple weeks ago from www.greenhousemegastore.com because I needed better trays and the prices were very good. They sell “hobby packs” of ten in addition to full cases. The hobby packs were the perfect amount for me. They arrived just in time for transplanting all these little guys.

This tray of cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage is ready for transplanting.

The cool weather crops are ready to transplant!

I also purchased a large roll of row cover fabric which was cheaper than buying a small package of it at Home Depot. To use the fabric effectively, I will be making pvc hoop frames for some of the beds and will drape and fasten the fabric over it. Sort of like turning the raised beds into little cloth greenhouses. The row cover will keep the new plantings a bit warmer and shelter them from any frost in spring and again in the fall. It also helps to keep certain pests from being able to attack the plants, such as the cabbage moth.

So, I have all my stuff gathered and I am ready to start “potting up”. (The semi-technical term for transplanting seedlings into a larger container.) I am taking pics of the process and posting them along with step by step instructions on this site.

Why Bother Transplanting Them You Ask?

Yes, I could allow them to continue growing in the small cells and transplant them directly into the garden when it’s time. Transplanting, however, allows the roots to spread out and develop more than they ever could in the smaller cells they were started in. The plants, as well as the roots, will grow stronger. Planting these larger plants, with larger root systems, gets them off to a much better start in the garden!

Update, just 1 week later.
This shows the growth difference between transplanting and not transplanting in just one week.

      This shows the growth difference between transplanting and not transplanting in just one                  week. No fertilizer was used.

 

 

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