Follow these best practices when planting your plants into the garden (whether they were started from seed or purchased) .
- “Harden off” your plants before planting them into the garden. That is, get them used to the real outdoors gradually, over the course of 7 to 10 days. Start with an hour a day outside during mild days and gradually increase the time, leaving them out overnight during warm calm nights.
- Determine that the time is right for planting based on the soil temperature and the past 1-2 week's overnight lows. Check the specifics for each plant in . Use this Edibles Seed Starting & Planting Schedule for an overall plan.
- The ideal day for planting into the garden is overcast and not windy. Water in plants at base after planting.
- Protect your young plants from winds and unexpected overnight lows with floating row covers and other season extenders.
- Mulch around your plants to discourage weeds and conserve moisture. Inexpensive straw (not hay!) is best.
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