So those who have read Part 1 know that I used peat pellets to start my seeds and the plan was to ‘up pot’ them to larger peat pots. Well, the pots I had ordered were a bust, I returned both sets and ended up buying some from the local farm store that just happened to have some.
To ‘up pot’ or move your seedlings into bigger pots to accommodate their growing roots you simply need three things; pots to move them to, soil medium, and a spoon or trowel to make said soil. I’m using seed starter because of the light texture and it’s what I have on hand that isn’t in a 20lb bag.
Make sure to make labels for plants that you have multiples of like I have three of each variety of tomato and two of each pepper but I only labeled the grouping in the pellet starter.
So here is the step-by-step:
- Line up your pots, be they in a tray like mine or just in a line to make it easier to just fill and transplant.
- Fill them about half way with your soil medium, moisten lightly with a spray bottle.
- Place your seedlings into the center of the pots, then gently place more soil around them. With tomatoes, if they have some true leaves then you’ll want to bury the stems a bit.
- Lightly moisten again but don’t truly water them from the top of the soil will settle. I water from the bottom on all my seedlings until they go in the ground.
Once you’ve got them set up you shouldn’t have to do this again till it’s time to put them in the ground, I may have to up pot my pumpkin one more time but we’ll see. Hopefully, you’ve already got your garden layout set up, my last frost is April 7th and I plan to have plants in the ground by April 15th as long as everything lines up the way I need it to.
How far has everyone gotten with their own seedlings?
In baby news this week Kathleen has a tooth, I cried, I don’t want her to grow up yet. And she’s crawling and pulling herself up on everything which scares the bejeesus out of me!