Transplanting A Garden
Transplanting an entire garden can seem like a monstrous undertaking. When transplanting a garden, it is necessary to ensure that the plants make it from their original hole to their new hole in a reasonable amount of time. Most people begin a project like transplanting a garden in late spring or early summer, when the weather is fairly consistent but not too overwhelmingly hot. Hearty plants and flowers can go as long as forty eight hours when transplanting a garden before returning to the earth, provided that there is ample soil left on the roots. Whenever you begin transplanting a garden, the more soil that can remain on the roots the better chance of survival the plant or flower will have post transplanting. The trick to transplanting a garden is keeping the transplanted plants and flowers well hydrated during the entire process.
Transplanting requires the hole, which you insert the plant, followed by ample soil and water. You don’t want to trap air in the hole with the plant when transplanting a garden. The air will negate your efforts and the plant may suffer damage or die. As you add soil and water, be sure to press the wet soil deep around the roots while transplanting the garden. This will help eliminate air pockets and ground the roots in deep.
Transplanting a garden one plant or flower at a time can take a very long time. If you dig up approximately 30% of the plants to be transplanted to the new garden and transplant those first, you will be able to make faster progress in transplanting the garden while not placing too many plants in jeopardy. Plants waiting to be transplanted can be placed in plastic trash bags for twenty four to forty eight hours and survive the transplantation process. As you complete transplanting 30% of your garden, stop and give the transplanted plants a thorough soaking before moving on to the remaining plants. Do this each time, as you are trying to give them ample water to create a suction effect with any air pockets that may have remained while you were transplanting the garden. Sensitive plants may not survive being transplanted form one garden to another. If you intend to keep the original garden at all intake, try to transplant only those hardy plants that are likely to survive the transplanting of the garden. If the sensitive plants must be transplanted, try to do them first and keep them out of the ground for as little time as humanly possible. The drying out of the roots is what kills most plants when transplanting a garden.
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