Transplanting Seedlings

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When I started my fall garden everything was planted by direct seed.  I’m getting back to basics because I just prefer gardening this way.

I dropped a few of the broccoli seeds during the process and when germination arrived my seedling were unorganized and overcrowded.

I knew transplanting was necessary but our temperatures are still warm with cold fronts coming and going; a cold front here is 70 degrees.

So, I waited for a cool evening and transplanted these seedlings hoping for the best results.

 Starting the Transplanting Process

Because it’s still warm here I wanted to make sure the soil was nice and wet.  This will keep the plants from wilting the following day.

So, yes I drown the bed in water as seen in the first photo and then I let it sit to soak in.

This takes about 15 to 20 minutes giving me plenty of time to water the rest of my garden.  If you’re soil is already nice and moist you can skip this step.

Dig Up and Relocate

I use a spade (hand shovel)and carefully dig up the plant without disturbing the root system.  Since the soil is nice and wet the labor involved is minimal and the root system is free from shock.

Once I remove the plant I take it over to its new destination by digging a small hole and carefully placing the plant.

Notice when I dig up the plant I’m taking a large amount of dirt with me.  This is a very important part of the process because I’m not disturbing the root system.


Perfectly Transplanted

Once finished, I hoped for the best and when the following morning arrived I went to see how things looked and noticed you can’t even tell these plants were transplanted.  There was no wilting and each plant looked bright and perky.

These transplants shouldn’t need watering again for a couple days.

Remember to keep an eye on new transplanted seedlings because lack of water is what crushes the process.

Use this same transplanting method with other seedlings, it’s simple and takes very little effort.

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  4. Karen says:

    I've never given plants that much water before transplanting, but I think I'm going to make that a new practice. Your broccoli looks like it is off to a great start! I'm not as far along as that yet – fall planting always sneaks up on me since it stays hot for so long.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday!

    1. I know it looks like a lot of water but it really does help the plant from wilting during the transplanting process. That broccoli has doubled in size too – we finally got rain – when I water like this the soil stays moist for days. Fall planting can be tricky and I agree it sneaks up. It's still warm here too – Looks like middle 80's this afternoon. I would be happier if we could get into a comfy 70 something. Thanks for stopping by always nice to hear from you. -Carole

  5. daisy g says:

    Just lovely! I hope you'll share this outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

    1. I will have to check it out. -Carole

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