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Posted on 29 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Plant Deep: Transplanting Your Seedlings

By Kira Hamman

If you live in the northern half of the country, the tomato seedlings you started indoors probably have a bit of cabin fever right about now.

They’ve undoubtedly outgrown the pots you started them in and are reaching for the sky (that is, ceiling) with determination.

Maybe you’ve started to harden them off, and their first brush with outside light and air has left them a bit woozy. They’re not quite ready for independence, but soon, so soon, they will be. You’ll take them out to the garden and — gasp! — leave them there.

We’ve already covered hardening off, and that is indeed a critical step. But once it’s done, there are still some things you can do to ease the transition and improve your plants’ chances of success. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 16 April 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Guide to Starting Tomatoes from Seed – Part 3

seedlingPart Three: A Working Person’s Guide to Hardening Off (See Part One)

By Kira Haman

So you’ve successfully gotten those tiny little seeds to grow into strong, healthy plants.

This always seems like a miracle (and, in fact, it is), but now they’re getting cramped in their little pots, and it’s time to get them into the garden.

But wait!

You can’t just plunk them out there — they’ll wilt dramatically and die before you can say “sun-worshipping prima donna.”

No, you have to perform the gardening ritual known as hardening off, in which you Read the rest of this entry »

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