Welcome to my gardening blog! Here you will find all kinds of useful information about Gardening including video tutorials and a planting schedule for Maricopa County(at the bottom of the page). I have learned a lot from several different sources- Beverly Austin who teaches an awesome organic gardening class on Saturday mornings at ASU East for just $5, Jim Kennard-the president of the Foodforeveryone foundation and teacher of the Mittleider Method of gardening, and my parents who always had us kids out working on the family garden. I hope you take away useful information and use it in your own gardens but even if you don't do everything I've outlined, the most important thing is that you plant! Now! Nothing will teach you more than actually doing it on your own!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to Transplant

I think the most transplanted plant would have to be basil. You buy your little plant from a Sprouts or Fresh and Easy and take it home and plant it. Easy, right? Then why is it dead now?
At the Preparedness fair this morning I had a lot of questions from people about how to transplant a plant without killing it- Good question!
It is best to transplant at night and if at all possible, during a rainy season. Take the plant out of the container it's in along with all of the dirt it's planted in (trying not to break too many roots). We want to protect the roots as much as possible! Gently loosen the roots in the dirt and plant into moist soil, packing roots in pretty good so they have contact with the new soil. Water it liberally.
Watch your plant after it's been transplanted and if it looks like it's suffering, water it with some dilluted liquid Sea Kelp/Seaweed that you can get at your local garden store- I've even found it at Walmart of all places. This comes in a large jug, however, you will only be using a small amount in this process and this jug will last you years. Once I was taught this I never lost another plant to transplant shock! YAY!

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