Transplanting Herb Seedlings Into Garden Soil

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This article will teach you how to grow herbs from seed
by Brett · All Zones · Food Gardens · 0 Comments · September 22, 2010 · 9,896 views

Transplanting Seedlings Into The Garden Soil

The garden soil should be adequately dry to prevent compaction. At this point, plants will again experience transplant shock and a setback in growth. Plants must adjust to dramatically different nutrient levels, soil temperatures, moisture levels and soil tilth in the garden.

Pull apart the lower portion of the root mass to get the roots growing outward. If seedlings have been grown in peat pots, pull apart the bottom of the pot and roots. Although seedlings planted in peat pots may be planted without removing the pot, be sure to maintain the same soil level. Trim away any of the pot that is above the soil line. The exposed portion of the peat pot acts as a wick and dries out the entire pot and roots.

Sowing Herb Seeds Directly Into Garden Soil

Some herb seeds can be sown directly into the garden. Direct sowing avoids transplant shock. It takes less work but involves more risk from weather, pests, diseases and erosion.

Before sowing seeds directly into the garden, know what conditions are required for germination and growth. Knowing the average frost date for your area helps to avoid losing frost-sensitive herbs such as Basil. Seeds planted to early could sprout, and the seedlings could be killed by a late frost.

Sow seeds in a row or broadcast them into a well-raked seedbed. The seedbed should be free of stones or other large debris. Choose a calm day. To broadcast seeds, merely scatter them over the selected area in the garden seedbed. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil. Then water with a gentle spray. Avoid washing seed away when watering.


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