How To Transplant

Transplant your seedlings as soon as possible after you bring them home from the garden center. The best way to do this is to take the time to plan ahead and have everything you need ready when you get home.
There is nothing very difficult about this when you are prepared and have thought it out first. Nothing is quite as annoying to me than to get home from the garden center and find that I do not have any worm castings or that I am out of composted cotton burr. So when I say plan it out and save some aggravation, I am speaking from experience.

I love organic gardening and I indulge my every whim. Since my wife has kicked me out of "her" kitchen the garage and the grounds have become my domain.

This last Sunday morning I had such a great time outside transplanting what I had bought over at the Garden Center. These are some pots that I saved from last year, so I got them out and washed them before I started. It was so quiet and still. There wasn't anyone out with a radio or a lawn mower and I could actually hear myself think. I thought to myself that it was a really great church, so I thanked God for creating nature and our environment. He made it all sustainable, naturally. All we were set to do is to be wise stewards of the resources that we are blessed with.

A good rule of thumb is "don’t buy any plant unless you are committed to transplant it within six hours of buying". It’s best to plan so you can come home and do it right away. Your new plant has gone through a lot of stress and needs to get settled in as soon as possible. Alright, you’ve got your plant(s), your new container, your composted soil mixture, some organic fertilizer, some water, Now, you are ready to plant!

Years ago when I first started, I used to make the mistake of placing my plants too low in the new container. Don’t make this mistake or you might kill your plants; a good rule of thumb is to place enough soil in the bottom of your new container so that when you set in the plant the top of it doesn’t extend above the ridge of the container. When it is set in properly, add some dry fertilizer around the roots. Back fill the container being careful to stop about an inch below the top of the transplant. This is how important it is not to cover over the top of you plant. It may look strange, but let it settle for a couple of days after being watered then back fill a little more if needed.

Here is the mint that I picked out. Just look how strong and healthy it is. I will be enjoying fresh organic mint juleps in no time at all! When you get a quality plant that has been cared for by experts at your local garden center, you don't see your plants going into shock like the plants you get at the bulk mart stores.

I used a mixture of composted cotton burr, vermi-compost and cottonseed meal for my "potting soil" I used roughly two thirds composted cotton burr, one third worm castings, and a liberal handful of cottonseed meal around the roots. I will not have to fertilize these for the rest of the season. All I will have to do is to keep it watered and keep nipping off leaves for my tea!

Along with the mint I also bought some sweet basil, rosemary, and thyme and had a great time getting them all moved in.

It wasn't too long after wards, my daughters came outside and decided they wanted to help too. Coincidentally, I just happened to have bought a flat of begonias.
I know from experience all this summer, every time we come in the drive one of my girls is going to comment on how beautiful theirflowers are doing. That is a memory that I made with my daughters that they will remember long after I am gone. Besides giving me wonderful teaching moments, I have found that these are even better times to listen. I have learned more about how much God loves me and cares for me through my children than any other one thing in my life.

Listen folks, organic gardening really is easy! There is nothing complicated about working in harmony with nature and you will know deep inside that it is the right way. Make a note to yourself right now that you need to stop by and pick up something to transplant. After you have made that decision then your mind will go to work on what you need to get and how you want it all to look.

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