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Growing Your Vegetables Inside And Outside

Author : Mark Bartley

Vegetables are often sown indoors, but once your seedlings are at the stage where they can be moved outside, how do you best move them to their new location?

Getting started growing vegetables is quite simple. Having access to a greenhouse opens up all kinds of opportunities for vegetable growers. They will be protected from adverse weather during their most delicate stage, as well as being out of harms way from pests like slugs. Use a good seed compost to fill your trays, as this will have all the nutrients that a seedling needs to develop strong roots and a healthy primary stem. At this stage, there is no need to skimp on how many seeds you sow, as another advantage of starting seeds off in the greenhouse is that it gives you an opportunity to weed out the weaker plants and only select strong, healthy plants to transplant later.

Once you have at least three sets of leaves on the seedling, it will be time to transplant it into its main growing bed. Don't transplant seedlings that only have their first 'seed leaves' as they are still too vulnerable to pest attack and weather extremes, so let your seedlings grow into reasonably strong plants before moving them outside. Discard weaker plants at this stage (you will probably have far too many plants anyway) and only pick the strongest, healthiest seedlings.

Preparation is everything when it comes to moving your plants.. Give your transplanted vegetables an easy transition by making sure that the bed you're transplanting into is fully ready to accept the new plants. Make sure the ground is weed-free, no need to added unwanted compeition for resources and that the soil is as good as you can make it, not too wet or too dry. It is best to water both the seedlings and the bed before transplanting.

Pick a day that isn't too hot or too cold, and try not to transplant if there is a forecast for heavy rain within the next 24 hours, the freshly moved plants will not be best placed to sustain a battering early on. Work out the suggested plant spacings before you start and mark out the beds (learning how to grow vegetables can require a few sums!) But don't worry too much; if you think that your plants look too close together you can always re-space them later.

Some plants don't take well to being moved. While vegetables such as cabbages, cauliflowers and other types of brassica are ideally suited for transplanting, the technique doesn't work well with root crops such as carrots or parsnips. These vegetables should be sown straight into the ground, as transplanting them often leads to disfigurements. The reason for this behaviour is that the growing tip rarely remains straight during transplanting meaning you could end up with curly carrots or peculiar parsnips, so plant root crops straight into outdoor beds.

Transplanting is , but if you are to cultivate a varied and healthy vegetable crop, you will have to use this method of growing on seedlings raised in a greenhouse at some stage. One aspect where problems arise is when plants are moved into position at the wrong depth. If you plant them too deep the plant will rot at the neck. If they don;t go in deep enough then they can remain unstable and new growth can push them further out of the ground.

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Mark has the experience of growing vegetables for many years. He has produced many guides and articles on different types of gardening.

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