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 Post subject: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:46 pm 
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I have some peas to transplant and I'm wondering if there are any tricks to it. Any tools that works best? Anything that you should never transplant? Any tips in general?

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:33 am 
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When I transplant any veggie (and I've never lost one to the transplant process!) my rules are:

1. Rough up the root ball a bit.
2. Bury to the first leaf (for most things).
3. Water immediately.

There are some of things that it doesn't make as much sense to transplant (root veggies, squash, beans), but I've never heard of anything that you shouldn't. I've always had great success with peas, as long as I transplant early enough. It gets too hot here to do it late in the summer. Hot tip for transplanting peas: if your trellis is tough to get into the ground, put that in first and then your peas, so you don't damage them.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:52 am 
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Great advice, thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
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Along with what's already been posted, I also like to mix some of the soil that it's sitting in with some of the soil where I'm planting it.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:10 pm 
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1. Be gentle with your roots. That's the plant's mouth!
2. Transplant early in the am, or closer to the end of the day.
3. Go beyond water. Feed your plant something with a rooting aid to assist the transition. Stuff with seaweed, B vitamins, and mycorrhizae is super crucial. Myco is a beneficial bacteria that works with the root hairs so they will uptake food easier. (Dandypants, did I get the definition correct?) Some people put a hand full of worm castings in the hole prior to transplanting.
4. Sunflowers aren't fond of being transplanted, but will adjust with a little extra time.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
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peas are very fussy transplants. it's much better to sow them directly if possible. if not, be very careful about messing with their roots.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:07 pm 
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Umm, so my transplants died. I didn't take anyone's advice. Wah.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:10 pm 
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IsaChandra wrote:
Umm, so my transplants died. I didn't take anyone's advice. Wah.


Sorry.

Our everything has died this year. It has been so noxiously hot, alternating with torrential rain that damages and drowns. Depressing!

If it is as weird there, it might not even be anything you did. Even my basil is looking sad and scraggly.

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 Post subject: Re: Transplanting: techniques and best practices
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This has been a really taxing gardening season. I noticed you harvested some pretty tomatoes, Isa. The average price per lb. at the farmer's market is $3.99, so you were able to yield something. It's not too late to take clones of your plants and get them started to bring indoors!

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