How to Transplant Seedlings into the Garden?

My two trays of seeds have germinated, and I don't have a place for indoor growing. I want to move them into my garden.

Your seedlings should be prepared for transplantation in 5 to 10 weeks if all goes according to plan.

  • Don’t just throw them outside, though. Start with a few short excursions lasting only a few hours at the hottest time of the day.
  • After that, gradually increase the amount of time until they have acclimated, or hardened off, and can be planted outside.
  • If possible, transplant the seedlings into your well-prepared garden soil on a day that is cloudy, early in the morning, or late in the day when the sun is not as intense.
  • Carefully remove the fragile seedlings from their containers, being careful not to disrupt the root ball too much.
  • One at a time, plant them in a hole that has already been excavated that is almost twice the size of the root ball.
  • Firmly pack the earth around the roots.
  • Water the transplant right away with a seaweed extract solution to “seat” it and avoid transplant shock.
  • One to two weeks after planting, make sure your seedlings have consistent moisture.

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