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We’ve had a lot of rain over the last week and it is so wet in the garden that I can’t get in there to put in any of the transplants. I have beans, corn and zucchini busting out all over the living room.
We have much better luck transplanting rather than direct seeding any of the heat loving vegetables that we grow.
Our elevation means cooler temperatures and so we get them started early inside and pop them into the garden towards the end of May.
Although I would love to be doing that this weekend, it is still just too cold out there.
What happened to all that sunshine and heat we were having just a week or two ago?
It’s not stopping me though; I’ve just moved into the Greenhouse. I spent some time cleaning it out and then started watering it.
It takes several days of good watering to moisten the soil enough to start transplanting.
My tomatoes are getting a bit leggy although they do have nice thick stems for their size.
If I don’t get them planted in the Greenhouse I would have to transplant them into even larger pots.
My tomato stakes all in place. You can see I just go out in the bush and saw off some limbs to use as stakes. What are the black jugs for?
I’ve got some fantastic hand garden tools this year – a serrated trowel and a 3 tine cultivator from De Wit Garden Tools.
I am looking forward to using these quality tools for many years to come.
I’ve got three different kinds of tomatoes this year planted and later I’ll be adding pepper plants alongside.
When I transplant tomatoes I always remove the bottom set of leaves. Then I plant deep into the hole so more of the stem is covered.
This will help the plants grow strong with sturdy stems to support the weight of the tomatoes. Velcro ties are used and these will be checked and adjusted as the season goes on.
I create a well around the plant to hold onto the water. For the next several days I will keep them well watered to help them settle in.
For the rest of the season I will be checking the Greenhouse every day – if it needs watering, it will get it.
The hotter the days become, watering every day is a must – we may even set up a sprinkler on a timer in here.
In a few months, it should be looking more like this and we can’t wait.
It’s a highlight of the summer when we can pick and eat these right off the vine.
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