Preparing Successful Seedlings

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It's a good idea to treat seeds with a good, all purpose fungicide (something like a Rose Dust or Tomato Dust will be fine) before planting. Place a small amount, justrepparttar tip of a knife end, intorepparttar 113380 packet, reclose and shake untilrepparttar 113381 seeds are covered. This will protect them from 'damping off', a common problem with very young plants.

Care of Seedlings

Seeds must be kept moist but not wet untilrepparttar 113382 seedlings emerge. This may take between 1-3 weeks, depending onrepparttar 113383 plant type.

As they grow stonger, thorough but less frequent watering is required. They will need shade when young but should be increasingly exposed torepparttar 113384 sun so they become used to conditions inrepparttar 113385 garden. Water inrepparttar 113386 morning rather than at night.


Mark where you plan to put each of your plants. Use a trowel to make a hole large enough to takerepparttar 113387 root system. Gently prise outrepparttar 113388 seedling from its container taking as much ofrepparttar 113389 soil as you can with it intorepparttar 113390 garden bed. Firmrepparttar 113391 soil aroundrepparttar 113392 plant in its new position, coverrepparttar 113393 area with mulch and water in gently.

It is best to transplant inrepparttar 113394 late afternoon or evening to giverepparttar 113395 plants time to settle in less stressful conditions.

Judy Williams ( splits her time between being a media executive and an earth mother goddess. No Dig Vegetable Gardens represents a clean, green way to grow your own food. The site covers all aspects of growing, cooking and preserving your harvest.

Building a No Dig Garden

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Add another thick layer of straw torepparttar garden 150mm (6 inches) and another layer of fertilizer and then top it off with a 100mm (4 inches) of compost.

Waterrepparttar 113379 garden until it's soaking and let it settle for a few days before planting.

Seedlings do better than seeds inrepparttar 113380 no dig garden.

Here's what will happen. The seedlings will get a kick start inrepparttar 113381 rich, compost top soil. The fertilizer underneath will startrepparttar 113382 'composting' ofrepparttar 113383 lucerne hay and straw. The composting will generate heat and biological activity that will really kick alongrepparttar 113384 seedling growth. The roots will further break downrepparttar 113385 straw and hay and it in turn will become solid enough to supportrepparttar 113386 growing plants.

The newsprint is thick enough to discourage weed growth throughrepparttar 113387 layers, but will deteriorate enough to allow earth worms to chew their way upwards.

Continue to layer mulch, straw and compost asrepparttar 113388 garden bed matures. Never dig this bed over, just layer more and more material as required. Rotate your crops and add fresh compost regularly.

Your garden bed will deliver consistent, spectacular results season after season.

Judy Williams ( is working hard to become a fulltime earth mother goddess. This site acts as a primer for all vegetable gardening aspects covering topics like how to build a garden, nurture seedlings, container gardening and composting.

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