The Secrets To Successful Seedling Transplanting | Rodale's Organic Life

The Secrets To Successful Seedling Transplanting | Rodale's Organic Life

The Secrets To Successful Seedling Transplanting | Rodale's Organic Life

Sow seeds for carrots after the danger of frost is over. For even distribution, mix the tiny seeds with sand before sprinkling them in your bed. Cover them with fine soil or more sand, 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Carrot seeds can take up to a month to germinate, so keep the soil evenly moist. To speed germination, Gettle suggests placing a 1-by-6 board over the newly seeded and watered-in row to hold in moisture. Check the underside of the board daily for slugs and remove it in about a week.

Warm soil, above 60 ° F, is essential for seed germination. Seed heavily (up to four seeds per foot) to make up for any losses to birds; you can always thin later Corn is wind-pollinated, so to ensure pollination, you must plan on a minimum of 16 plants in a block of four short rows.

Members of this family include cucumbers, pumpkins , summer and winter squashes, and zucchini. Seeds should be sown after frost. Plant in hills, with six to eight seeds per hill. Space the hills about 6 feet apart, and enrich each one with a large shovelful of compost or well-aged manure. If cucumber beetles are a problem in your area, wait for thin, and then take out the ones with the worst beetle damage.

These tiny seeds need light to germinate, just press them into the ground and sift some fine soil over them. Though it loves cool weather, lettuce can take a couple of weeks to germinate in cold soil outdoors. Protect seedlings from hard frosts with row covers, newspaper, or sheets. Thin plants to 3 inches apart. Sow seeds weekly for successive harvests.

5. Morning glories

Sow seeds after the last frost. Nick each with a file or soak them in lukewarm water before planting. Since these vines do not flower well in rich soil, site them in a place where you have not added a lot of organic matter.

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