Monday, March 31, 2014

Repotting seedlings

Never done this before, but because we are going to be away for a little while, and they were mostly all bumping up against the plastic cover of the starter thing, I bought small peat cups and organic dirt and repotted the seedlings that had come up so they have room to grow.

A Rutgers hybrid tomato
(I filled each to the top with more dirt, not shown in this picture.) Sadly I accidentally broke the stem of one of our only three Brussels sprouts seedlings, so I had to start a couple more B.s. seeds. Also we are still waiting for two artichoke seedlings to germinate, and one more of the heirloom tomatoes.

I put them in two plastic containers so I can saturate the roots with water.

In the back are Rutgers hybrid tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts; in front are peppers.

You can sort of see that each has about a half an inch of water in the bottom of the container. My hope is the water will continually soak up through the peat and the dirt, and the seedlings will root down to get it. I don't know if this is going to keep them alive and thriving while we are away, but I am optimistic.

A few years ago we started our seedlings in these peat pots (maybe not the same brand). They all claim you can just put the seedling in its peat pot directly into the soil and it'll go to town. My sense was the roots never were able to push through the pots and all our plants were rootbound, though Adam disagrees with me; at the end of the growing season I found intact peat pots scattered all throughout the garden soil. This time, my plan with these is to cut the pots off before transplanting into the garden, and throw them into the composter.

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