Green is bursting out all around the yard and garden after this weekends rain. We gave the lawn its first mow of the season and I will need to trim the paths between the garden beds soon.
Onion, Leek, and Celery seedlings have been hardening off for the past few weeks. I was waiting for the expected rain before transplanting them to the garden.
Now that the ground was damp from the rain this past weekend, the onions were the first to go in. I mass plant my onion seeds to save room under the lights.
To plant, I remove them carefully from the container:
Most times the root all breaks apart like shown above. If the onions were more densely seeded in the containers, the roots would have held the soil together more firmly. Now, I gently tease them apart for planting. I do this one at a time so the roots don't dry out.
I use a fork or small tool to pull the soil forward, place the onion seedling in the hole, and gently push back the soil. No patting or tamping in.
|Pull the soil forward|
|Place the onion seedling in the hole.|
|Gently push the soil back.|
When the onion seedlings are transplanted, the bed is softly watered in.