IT IS SPRIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGG!
The dirt in the vermicomposter has been noshed on all Winter and is now heavy with nutrients and little red wigglers. The local supermarkets are starting to sell plants by the dozen.
Which means that…
IT IS TIME FOR PLANTING! (Woo hoo!)
This year, I’m planting some strawberries and pumpkins, the latter of which I got for free at the local cafe. I’m really looking forward to a fruitful harvest. Later, when the worms have completed more work, I’ll be planting some parsnips, which hopefully won’t shoot to seed straight away. And, of course, eggplants, because eggplants are delicious when grilled with miso.
I usually try to grow my plants from seed, which means that before getting put into the main pot, they spend some time germinating in a small plastic germination pot. When the roots grow out from the bottom of the germination pot, it’s time for transplanting!
Step 1: Dig a Hole
The first step to transplanting something is, of course, to dig a hole deep enough to put the plant in. You will want to make it about 1-2 inches deeper and larger than the pot to make space for the roots.
Step 2: Take off the Pot
Next, remove the plant from the pot. If it’s properly ready for transplanting, the plant’s roots should hold tightly to the soil in the pot. This should make it easier to remove from the pot and it should come out smoothly.
Squeeze the soil at the bottom lightly to loosen the roots and the dirt before putting it into the soil. You should cover up any exposed roots with dirt.
Step 3: Water liberally
Make sure that the plant is kept in half sun for a few days before putting it in full sun, as transplanted plants tend to be a little fragile!
If you’re really into making lots of crop plants, you can look into companion planting, where two plants sharing the same pot don’t use the same nutrients to grow, thus helping each other grow!
Enjoy your spring planting!