5 Things Friday – 5/11/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 5/11/18! I hope you all had a great week!  5 Things Friday Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing is finally being done with all of my tomato and pepper transplanting, and having sold most of them this past week. Whew! That was a lot of work and I’m glad it is done! I’ve also just posted a great little tutorial if you need some guidance on How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings. Homestead Critters Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing was a visit we had from my daughter’s BFF, of their new house piglet Penny. Isn’t she cute? Doesn’t my hubby look like he is just so smitten? I am thinking we may have a house pig of our own soon by the look on his face!!! Homestead Kitchen Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite Kitchen item thing this week is really NOT having to be in the kitchen much this week! DD is off at FFA State, and so it’s just me and hubby so I am taking it easy. We went out to dinner last night, and my oldest DD cooked dinner for us tonight! Homesteader Entertainment Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite entertainment thing this week…..hmmmmm. I can…

How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings

Today we will be talking about how to transplant those delicate tomato seedlings, in order to have them grow into huge, healthy productive tomato plants! It is that time of the year, where it is time to transplant your tomato seedlings into their final spot for the summer growing season. In this article, I will share with you how to transplant tomato seedlings whether you plan to plant them in pots or the traditional way in the ground. Other related articles you may be interested in: How to Harden Off Your Seedlings Seed Sowing 101: Planting Tomato Seed Benefits of Freezing Some of your Tomato HarvestOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Hardening Off your Tomato Seedlings Before moving your tomato seedlings to their permanent location outdoors, they need to be hardened off. This means that they are slowly and gradually allowed to accustom themselves to real outdoors conditions rather than the sheltered and stable indoor conditions that they have been growing in from seed. Start by moving your seedlings outdoors into a sheltered area, away from wind and hot direct sun, for an hour or two the first day. Three to four hours the second day, increasing the time by a little bit more each day until they have been outside all day. Same goes for exposing them to full hot sun. Don’t move them from the sheltered location, into a full day of hot hot sun. They will get sun scald and may go into shock. Slowly allow them to become accustomed to the direct sun as well. For a full understanding of how and why you need to harden off your seedlings, check out my article How to Harden Off Your Seedlings. Preparing the Tomato Seedlings for Transplanting Once the seedlings have…