Easy. At least one week before you begin transplanting you need to harden off the plant. This is like a boot camp for the little plants. The plants learn how to take in sunlight, photosynthesize, and adjust to varying temperatures and wind conditions. What you should do is put your seedlings in a cold frame or shady spot in your yard for about an hour the first day. The second day is the same shady spot, only this time they can stay out for two hours or slightly more. Do not rush this process and keep that plant out overnight too early as this can damage the plant. This is how simple it is to harden off a plant.
**Garden Club students will be delivering plants this week so that you can begin hardening off your plants in time for Memorial Day Weekend Planting!!
Source: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible By Edward C. Smith
In these videos, two groups of MSMS garden club students demonstrate how to transplant seedlings into peat pots. We hope these videos are helpful with your future plants! Remember after transplanting into peat pots, “harden off”* plants to allow them to slowly acclimate to the outdoors before planting in the ground for Memorial Day weekend.**
*Hardening off plants means to slowly increase the amount of time spent outdoors each day before planting in the ground.
**or the last frost date in your area (refer to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone maps)
Here are some pictures of garden club students transplanting small seedlings into peat pots. We had close to 300 orders for different vegetables and herbs. Students are working hard to fulfill all of the orders!
The Marshall Simonds Garden Club students are growing vegetables and herbs from seed during activity block. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in purchasing a plant ready for transplanting outside by Memorial Day (except early spring vegetables). All plants will be in peat pots and will cost $1. If you want to purchase more than 4 plants, each additional plant will be $0.50. In order for us to fulfill your order this form must be submitted by February 28th. Below are all the plants we will be growing from seed.
Early Spring Vegetables (Broccoli, Mesclun Mix Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce)
Summer Vegetables (Leek, Tomato. Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Chives, Zucchini, Cucumber)
*We hope to fulfill all orders if submitted by the deadline. However, if we are unable to complete your order you will be notified. Payment for the plants will be collected upon pickup/delivery. Thank you!
We are 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Massachusetts. All of us meet twice a week during our activity block period. We have planted bulbs in our courtyards and around the school for everyone to enjoy. In addition, we also grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables from seed for teachers, parents, and ourselves. This school year the MSMS Garden Club decided to create a blog to provide additional gardening resources for people and create a more efficient system of collecting plant orders.