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STORIES FROM PATINA MEADOW

HOW TO PLANT YOUR PATINA MEADOW TRANSPLANTS

Hi! I'm Leila! I grew the plants that you have chosen to add to your home garden :)



First off, I would like to thank you for trusting me to grow plants for you and your family. I grew these seedlings in the greenhouses at our farm at Patina Meadow, using only organic compost-based potting soil and compostable pots. That means that these little guys have never been touched with chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or plastic!



Now that these seedlings are in your care, I thought I would share some tips on how best to plant them in your garden so you can have a successful harvest. 


STEP 1: PREP YOUR BEDS



Before you start transplanting, ensure your garden bed is prepped and ready to go. Clear away any debris, weeds, or rocks that might hinder your seedlings' growth. Loosen the soil with a garden fork to ensure good drainage and mix in approximately 2" of compost if this is your first time amending your bed for the season to give your plants a nutritious boost.


STEP 2: TIMING YOUR PLANTING



Timing is key when it comes to transplanting seedlings. Check the weather forecast and aim for a mild, overcast day to minimize stress on your plants. Early morning or late afternoon are also ideal times to transplant, as the sun won't be as intense.


STEP 3: HANDLE WITH CARE



Handle your seedlings with care to avoid damaging their delicate roots and leaves prior to planting them in the ground. Since our seedlings are in biodegradable pots, you don’t need to worry about stressing your plant by removing it from its pot. 


STEP 4: DIGGING IN



Dig a hole in your prepared garden bed that's slightly larger than the pot. Place the seedling in the hole, making sure it sits at the same depth as it sits in the pot. Gently backfill the hole with soil, pressing lightly to secure the seedling in place.


STEP 5: WATER



After transplanting, give your seedlings a good drink of water to help them settle into their new home. 


STEP 6: TLC



Now that your seedlings are in the ground, it's time to give them some tender loving care. I recommend watering them every day for a couple of days to help them establish their roots, but then, depending on your soil and the rainfall, you can decrease your watering to a couple of times a week to encourage healthy root growth. Keep an eye on them in the coming days and weeks, monitoring for any signs of stress or disease. With a little patience and attention, your transplanted seedlings will soon be thriving in their new environment.


If we get a frost, I would recommend covering them with a sheet or frost blanket to protect them while they are still getting established. 


If you have any questions about caring for your transplants, leave them in the comments and I will be sure to give you any tips I can offer!


Happy growing!


Love, 

Leila




1 Comment


Hi Leila, Thank you so much for encouraging me to realize it's time to come out of hibernation and helping those of us who think we can't start seeds!

Let's plant!

Susie

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