As you will probably recall, a couple of weeks ago my wife and I planned and planted our vegetable garden for the year. Our goals are to save money with our garden and have a good time while doing so. An easy way to save money is to develop a hobby that keeps you busy and distracted so that you are not sitting around and looking for something to buy. Thus, our vegetable garden will not only save us money by not having to buy the food from the grocery store, but keep us preoccupied.
Transplanting our Seedlings
After a couple of weeks of planting seeds (as you will recall, we planted tomatos, beans, cucumbers and herbs), we were forced to transplant the beans outside. We learned that certain things grow much faster than other plants. The beans were among these. They were at least 6 inches tall in a week and a half. We felt like keeping them inside would do more harm (in stinting their growth) than risking the cool temperatures.
Unfortunately, we were wrong. Two days after we transplanted, I discovered our beans shriveled up and practically dead. If you are looking to move your plants outside, make sure to plan it accordingly. Moving them out too soon can be quite costly. Granted, financially, it only cost us about $.50 since we planted from seeds, but it also meant that we need to start the beans over. Thus, we are a few weeks behind schedule on our beans, but nothing too major.
Tips for Transplanting Plants
If you are growing a garden from scratch, you may need to consider these tips for transplanting your seedlings or plants. Remember that I am no expert, but have successfuly transplanted a few plants now.
- Make Sure it is Warm Enough Outside: I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one. Certain plants cannot survive the cold temperature. I did find out that certain plants can survive in colder temperatures than others, but I am no expert to know which are which (yet).
- Do it gradually: Transplanting the seedlings or plants too quickly can cause the plants to go into shock. Instead of moving them outside and taking them out of the pots and into the ground without extra time to adjust, let them remain in the pots they are already planted in for a few days.
- Apply New Soil Around Plant: Be sure to be careful when you are transplanting plants. Putting soil firmly around the previously used soil will allow a place for the roots to expand.
- Water Generously: Making sure to water the plants after moving them can help them adjust to the new soil. Be careful not to overwater the plants though. It may be a difficult balance, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Growing a vegetable garden isn’t a quick fix. It takes a lot of patience and continual care. In many ways, it is counter-cultural. We often want things fast in this ‘microwave’ culture, but gardening is a nice reminder that everything doesn’t happen that way. In the same way that investments take time to grow, so does a garden. I hope to be able to show some results in a couple weeks.
Are you growing a vegetable garden this year? Have you started planting?