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Planting or Transplanting Your Home Garden

Planting a garden is a satisfying task that leads to tasty produce and attractive blooms come summer. Whether transplanting from plants started indoors, new plants or seeds from the nursery, keep the following gardening tips in mind. Planting or Transplanting Your Home Garden

When to plant gardens

Plant your garden once danger of frost has passed in your region. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a good reference tool for checking on last frost dates. The publication is also full of useful gardening information for beginners. If you wish to start planting your garden sooner, do so indoors and transplant outdoors when you no longer have to worry about frost damage.

Harden off indoor grown seedlings

If you are growing seedlings indoors for your garden and the last frost date is approaching, harden the plants off in order to prepare them to stay outdoors. This process involves placing the plants outdoors for lengthening amounts of time each day. For instance, on day one, leave them out for two hours; on day two, for four hours. Continue the process until you reach 10 hours on day five. Leave them out overnight at this point. Transplant them on day six or thereafter.

Prepare the planting site

Successfully planting a home garden requires that you prepare the planting bed. Till the soil until it is loose. Remove all weeds from the area, making sure to also extract the roots. Add a flower and garden fertilizer according to package directions.

Plant transplants

Plant nursery bought and indoor grown transplants in the morning or afternoon, if possible. Planting at midday when the sun is strong is hard on the tender transplants.

To plant, carefully extract the plants from their containers, being careful to keep all roots intact. Use a hand trowel to create a hole in the soil and insert the plant roots. Fill the planting hole to cover the roots and pat the surrounding soil. As soon as the bed is planted, water the area well.

Sow seed

To sow seed, prepare the planting bed as for transplants. Create a level surface by evening the soil out with a rake. Sprinkle seed on the soil in rows placed apart according to seed packet directions. Plant seed as deep as the width of the seed. This means that large seed like pumpkin will go in deeper than small seed like carrot. Cover small seed with a thin layer of seed starting mix. Keep the seed bed moist at all times.

Maintain your new garden

After planting a home garden, keep the planting bed moist until the seeds sprout and grow and the transplants develop new growth. At this point, they have established themselves. Gradually reduce watering until you are irrigating only when the first 2 to 4 inches of soil has dried.

 

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