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Expert Transplanting Tips for a Successful Garden

Use these transplanting tips to successfully move seedlings out into the garden.



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“Starting Seeds” by Barbara Ellis offers practical advice for starting a garden from seed.
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Soil in both pots and in the garden should be moist but not wet.
Illustration By Kagan McLeod
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The planting hole should be a little bit bigger than the plant’s rootball and about as deep.
Illustration By Kagan McLeod
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With fingers on each side of the seedling, turn the pot upside down. Tap the bottom of the pot to ease the seedling out of its pot.
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Set transplants in their holes so they sit at about the same depth they were growing in the pot. Fill in with soil around the rootball, then feather out the remaining loose soil.
Illustration By Kagan McLeod
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Press the soil gently but firmly to ensure good contact between soil and roots.
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Soak the soil immediately after planting to reduce transplant shock and to eliminate air pockets.
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