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transplanting your seedlings

by dig the dirt editor

After starting your seeds for your kitchen garden, you will need to transplant your seedlings. Your kitchen garden is on its way once those seeds sprout, so look below to find how to transplant those seedlings into the ground. You can also thin out your seedlings and transplant them to bigger pots!

 

Materials:

  • 4" pot for each seedling to transfer.  Make your own pots out of newspaper click here!
  • Potting soil
  • Small scissors

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STEP 1:

  • Using sharp small scissors cut away the outer layer of the pellet

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STEP 2:

  • Peel the outer layer of the pellet away
  • Do this very carefully as to not disturb the roots of the plants

 

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STEP 3:

  • Break up the soil gently with your fingers
  • Find the small roots and slowly pull them away from each other until they are separated
  • Keep doing this until you have all the seedlings separated 

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STEP 4:

  • Fill your 4" pot halfway with potting soil
  • Put a finger in the middle of the pot to make a small hole

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STEP 5:

  • Place one of your seedlings into the hole and fill in with potting soil around the entire seedling
  • Make sure it is standing up straight

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STEP 6:

  • Fill it in all the way with potting soil and gently press the soil down around the seedling with your fingertips.
  • When you are finished make sure to give it a good drink of water and place in a sunny spot.

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This is an exaughsting transition for a seedling so they will have to be treated with great care for the next few days.  Make sure that they are watered and warm.

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thinning out seedlings, transplanting tomato seedlings, transplanting seedlings

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