So many of you have started your seeds, taken care of them inside & are getting ready to plant the little seedlings out to grow into their full glory.
**** If didn't start your own seeds, and want some seedlings, come and find me at the market. I have lots . . . .paste, cherries, plums, and lots of big slicers.
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES FOR PLANTING OUT SEEDLINGS:
1. WAIT UNTIL AFTER JUNE 1st TO PUT THEM IN THE GROUND -
There was a frost warning the other night, which is why I always wait until after June 1st to plant.
I know that it is tempting to get started early, but trust me, those little guys will grow very quickly, and bigger than you ever imagined in august . . . . . they have to survive this time of year first!
2. HARDEN-OFF THE PLANTS:
This helps them get used to all of the elements outside. Put them out during the day for a few hours at first, and then for longer. Make sure you take them inside at night when it's cold!! This is a good idea. It prevents the seedlings from getting frosted or sunburnt. these are two very serious concerns and realities. . . . .
This is what a sunburnt plant looks like . . . . .
3.FEED THE PLANTS:
When you go to plant your little seedlings outside, dig a hole and fill it with compost. This is what one of my friends refers to as "packing them a lunch". It will help them get started happily.
4. BURY YOUR TOMATOES:
This might sound funny, but hear me out . . .. Roots grow very easily out of the stem. When you go to plant the plants, you can just leave the top few sets of leaves out of the ground. This will make them stronger and thicker and healthier. Don't bury the entire plant please.
5.WATER THE ROOTS, NOT THE PLANT:
Especially in the early stages of it's time outside, the seedlings are trying to establish strong roots. Give them good regular soakings around the base of the plant to help them along. Try not to water the actual leaves, if the sun is strong, it can actually burn them. That being said, try to water in the morning or evening to avoid burning the plant all together.
. Watch them grow with pride, and let me know if you have any questions . . . . . Enjoy.