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April 28, 2011

Time to transplant: You've had success with you seeds, now seedlings need bigger pots

Every gardener can, with some simple planning, have the satisfaction of starting many of his garden plants from seed indoors in the early spring so that they are ready for transplanting into the garden come planting time, now just a few weeks away. It is hard to believe that just a short while ago we were still shoveling snow, and now here we are getting ready to plant our garden outdoors. Being able to speed up the transition from winter to spring is one of the aspects of gardening that I find most enjoyable.

As part of this process, germinating your own seeds and nurturing the seedlings into transplantable vegetable plants is challenging and rewarding. Every gardener should try this. It's analogous to a fly fisherman catching a fish on a fly that he tied himself; a fun and rewarding experience. If the seedlings do not thrive, don't worry; there is always the local garden center where, although you will not have the variety that you have access to by starting your own seedlings, you will always find vegetable plants ready for your garden.

We've covered how to plan and plot your garden; what your various options are for buying seeds; what equipment requirements there are for starting seeds indoors. Last week we planted seeds using such methods as a common household tweezer; a "seeder;" and "pelleted" seeds. Those seeds we planted have now turned into seedlings. If you transplant the seedlings into larger pots or containers they will grow into larger and healthier plants.

Remember that when you transplant and nurture seedlings you still must keep them in a warm place, water them regularly, and provide a light source — either near a sunny window or under a grow light.

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