In the Garden: Transplanting

May in Kentucky is the perfect time to start transplanting summer crops like tomatoes, basil, and herbs. Give your plants a head start with these transplanting tips so they can thrive all summer long!

Top tips for transplanting this summer:

  • Consider the time of day - If it’s a hot day outside it’s better to transplant early in the morning or evening to avoid the main heat of the day and prevent your new plants from immediately wilting.

  • Water immediately- It’s best to water in transplants right after they get planted or time your planting when you know rain is in the forecast. Gardeners can use a simple watering can, soaker hose, or drip irrigation on a larger row. It will be easier for the plants to establish roots with this additional water.

  • Add a bit of fish- Fish emulsion is an organic fertilizer that can be purchased at your local garden store. You can add a capful to a watering can and water transplants in a flat or their container ahead of planting. This will give plants a bit of nutrient boost to help counteract the shock of transplanting.

  • Cover to the base of stem - If you are deciding how far up to cover a transplant the best option is to aim for where the stem of the plant meets the base of the transplanting medium. The exception is if you are planting tomatoes. Fun tomato fact: any part of their stem that touches soil will put down roots. It’s easier to bury these deeper (possibly up the first leaf) so you have a stronger sturdier root system.

  • Use a guide- If you are looking to plant in a row use a piece of string or a measuring tape as planting guide along the bed so you have accurate spacing.

  • Don’t be afraid to companion plant- A lot of summer crops as long as they are of different heights can be planted in the same bed to minimize weeds and maximize space. A great example is tomatoes down the middle of a bed and alternating basil plants offset one-third of the way into the bed.

  • Keep the weeds down- If you know time is going to be a limiting factor in the garden this year directly transplant into landscape fabric. Do this by cutting a strip of landscape fabric the length and width of your bed and then securing it with fabric staples. Lay out your transplants at your preferred distance and then take a pocket knife and cut an x to plant transplants into the soil.

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