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6 Vegetable Planting Tips

April 6, 2018

If you started your seeds inside and are ready to transplant, allow your tender plants to acclimate to the sun, wind and outdoor temperatures by placing them outside for increasing periods of time for several days prior to planting.

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Garden Centers are loaded with great looking vegetable and herb plants that are itching to be planted.

If you buy plants at your local garden center they are likely already acclimated to outdoor conditions. If you can’t plant right away, keep your plants watered while they wait to be planted and do not leave them sitting on a hot driveway where roots can get over heated.

Improve your soil by mixing in an inch or two of organic matter every time you plant. Adding fresh organic matter every year really makes a difference in how your plants grow. When planting in your native soil I like Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Organic Garden Soil with Water Conserve. When planting my veggies in containers I like Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. (Note “garden soil” is for planting in ground and “potting mix” is for planting in containers or hanging baskets.)

For plants that are in peat-type pots, cut the shrink-wrap label from the rim of the pot and tear away the bottom of the pot (can leave the sides). You do not want the edge of the peat pot to extend above the soil line as this tends to “wick” the soil moisture out causing roots to dry.

Most plants like to be planted deep enough to they are still growing at the same soil level as the pot they were growing in. The exception is tomato plants. Tomato plants can be planted deeper than they grew in the pot as new roots will form along the stem.

Firm the soil around the plant to avoid air pockets. Feed your plants. My favorite plant food for in ground planting is Miracle Gro Nature’s Care Organic Vegetable Food. For container gardening, I like Osmocote Flower and Vegetable Plant Food. After feeding water your plants thoroughly.

Veggie Deck Planters

Our deck planters are loaded with lettuce, spinach and kale.  The more individual leaves you cut, the more leaves the plants will produce.

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