I hope you are all enjoying the community. It is really inspiring me to get stuck into my garden as I am seeing so many great ideas.
The aim of my Friday post is to help and encourage, so you can have an even better gardening experience. And as we have all levels of gardener here, it will be helpful to have tips for new gardeners, but I don’t want to bore experienced gardeners, so I’ll do my best to find some helpful tip for you too.
The first tip is when you are growing from seed it is a good idea to transplant your seedlings into bigger pots as they grow. It is a bit like getting new shoes for growing kids. They need the bigger pots to stretch their roots and provide fresh nutrients and an increased capacity to hold water to support the growing plants. But it is best not to go too big with the pots as it is a little like having shoes that are too big and the there is just too much room, and you can get leggy root growth.
A sign for when it is time to do this is when the roots show out the bottom or when there are two sets of true leaves on the plant. The seed leaves are the first leaves and often look completely different from the true leaves. They contain all the nutrients the seedling needs to get started and as that runs out the plant switches over to photosynthesis. So, the seed leaves are the residue of the seed called cotyledons and will often shrivel up and fall off when they are no longer needed.
A great Yates product to use at this stage is: Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic which reduces transplant shock and at low rates stimulates plant and root growth.
You can find out more about it here: https://www.yates.co.nz/products/fertilisers-tonics/certified-organic/yates-thrive-natural-seaweed-tonic/
In my garden, I will be getting some transplanting done today. I started a little bit earlier than I normally would have to see just how far I can push my frost-free location. I am hoping I won’t regret it. I also have a few garden beds that still need to be enriched now the previous crops have been removed, to get ready for the new ones and we are still eating as much as we can to free up other beds.
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)