Backyard Gardening: Transplanting Seedlings
My little seedlings that were started a while ago have really grown up. So much so that some of the plants were touching the top of the cold frame. So I decided it was time to get some of them into the garden. So I picked to transplant the cucumbers, the cherry tomatoes and the artichoke plants.
Most of my containers had lots of hairy roots coming out the bottom of the containers. So maybe I waited just a little too long before transplanting them.
I also picked a really windy day to do the transplanting. I probably should have picked a little less windy day to do the transplanting. That is why the plants are all knocked over in the above picture.
I grow my cucumbers upright and so I put up the frame for them and because it was so windy and the cucumbers were so tall I decided to tie them up to the frame to get them growing in the right direction. Then I wrapped the bottom half of the frame with some roll plastic we had on hand to make a make-shift greenhouse until our weather gets just a little warmer.
Here they are all tucked in to the greenhouse.
Here’s how it looks from the outside. Not very attractive but it will do for a few weeks it is needed to keep the plants a little warmer.
I also transplanted a few of the cherry tomatoes plants. I like to take off all the lower leaves and plant them deep.
My last transplanting task was the artichoke plants. We used to have a big artichoke plant but then we had a hard freeze after it had sprouted and it killed the plant. This year we started a few artichokes from seed and they did really well. We love artichokes so I am hoping they will produce well. Here’s two of the three I planted.
My cold frame now has a few less plants in it but still too many for us to use. I need to transplant the Roma tomatoes and the heirloom Tiger tomatoes into the garden. I think I will grow eight Roma tomato plants and four Tiger tomato plants this year. The rest of the seedling will have to find a new home.
Have you done any transplanting of your seedlings into the garden yet?
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