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…

How to Plant Onion Seedlings

This article will teach you how to plant onion seedlings for a healthy robust onion harvest in late summer. To learn how to grow your own onion seedlings, please see my How to Plant Onion Seed article from my Seed Starting 101 Series. In that article I discuss the pros and cons of planting onions by seed or by sets, and talk about different onion varieties you can choose to grow.  If you have any other questions after reading, please feel free to comment below! Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! When and Where to Plant Onion Seedlings Onions are a cold hardy crop, so they can be planted much earlier than your warm season crops. Here in the PNW, I like to get mine planted in early April. Make sure that your soil is workable and not too wet by doing the squeeze test. Grab a bit of soil in your hand and squeeze. If the soil stays in a muddy ball when poke, then the soil is too wet. If it crumbles and falls apart when poked, you are good to go. Planting seedlings in soil that is too wet, will cause them to rot. When determining where to plant your onions, choose a sunny location with loose, well draining soil. Remove any weeds from the area prior to planting. Please don’t use commercial weed killer, you really don’t want that stuff anywhere near you or your food! Fertilizing the Onion Seedlings If you are new to gardening or starting a new garden, it is probably a good idea to test your soil to see where it is lacking in nutrients. I follow a no till method in my garden, so all supplements and organic…

How to Get a Massive Potato Harvest from Pots

In this article I will share some tips and tricks to grow those large potatoes in pots and increase your potato yields! The last few years, I have been trying to grow a massive potato harvest from pots. I’ve even tried these potato crates. I was getting an ok harvest, but the potatoes were always small, and never as big of a harvest as I had hoped. A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon someone on YouTube, who was having absolutely amazing results. Dan from Allotment Diary who is from the UK. The video I watched, he harvested over 25 pounds from a 13 gallon (50 liter) pot, and some of these potatoes were HUGE! Other related articles you may be interested in: How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings How to Plant Onion Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! The Tutorial to Grow a Massive Potato Harvest from Pots Thankfully Dan from Allotment Diary, has made a lot of videos on his process. This is the video I originally watched: Please be sure to Subscribe to Dan’s YouTube channel here to get more awesome gardening tips from him! He has a bunch of video’s on growing potatoes this way, as he makes a new one every year. He also has a lot of video’s showing his potato harvests, so if you want to see more, go check him out. You can also find him on Facebook. 🙂 My Results Last Year So last year, I grew my potatoes his way. The results were AMAZING! I actually had, that massive potato harvest from pots that I had been trying to achieve! So I am here to share how I did it, following Dan…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed

Today we will be talking all about how to plant tomato seeds including which varieties to grow! Tomatoes are my favorite! I soooo miss them in the winter months! I grow way more than I should, and have the most difficult time trying to narrow down which varieties to grow! I want at least one of every color and shape and size! Don’t worry, I make use of everything I grow! I hope you will have better luck narrowing down the choices. 🙂 Related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato HarvestOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Choosing Tomato Varieties to Plant Are you planting tomato seed this year? Have you decided which tomato varieties you will be growing? There are so many varieties, I think that choosing which ones to grow is the hardest part of planting tomato seed! When you are deciding which tomatoes to grow, think about how you will use them. I like to make a lot of tomato sauce to can up and keep in the pantry. But I don’t like to do it at harvest time, so I freeze them until then.  I also love to eat them fresh. And I love to try new varieties as well as stick with the old that have worked well for me or taste the best. When choosing which ones to grow, I first break down they types of tomatoes to grow, cherry, paste and heirloom. I usually do a few tried and true varieties, and then add some new ones for each category. Breaking them down into these three categories makes it a wee bit less intimidating! Cherry Tomatoes Favorites that I have…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas

Spring Gardening Begins with Peas Happy Spring! Soon it will be the first day of spring…..have you got your peas planted yet? Planting peas is usually my first act of getting the garden going for the year. It is the first thing that gets planted outside in the garden in the new year, along with fava beans. Also known as broad beans. Fava beans are simple, just stick them in the ground, down about an 1″ or 2″, and you are good to go. Peas are a little more tricky, so in this article I will share my tips for planting peas successfully. Be sure to see our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Not a Fan of Peas? If you or your family are not a fan of peas, have you ever tried them fresh from the garden? Eating raw peas fresh from the garden is like eating candy. They are so sweet and crisp and yummy! Nothing like store bought canned peas which in my opinion are just gross. Freezing peas from the garden are almost as good as fresh. See my article on freezing beans, I use the exact same method for freezing peas. After shelling them of course! Than blanch and follow the same exact procedure. Although you can preserve peas by canning them, I find them unappealing preserved that way. So give them another try and grow them yourself and you will see. Types of Peas There are three different types of peas, shelling peas, snap peas and snow peas. Shelling peas are the ones you shell, and harvest the round green peas from inside the shell. I prefer the Green Arrow variety, because it produces a lot of peas per shell and they are super sweet and…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Pepper Seed

Are you planting pepper seed this year? I am behind, but better late than never! It’s not too late, if you haven’t planted yours yet! I don’t really like hot peppers, so I don’t do a lot of them. But if you like hot peppers, they can be planted as early as December. Usually February is when I get my sweet peppers planted, and I was busy last weekend planting pepper seed, so I got it done just in time! You may be interested in these related posts: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Seed Starting 101: Winter SowingOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! My Favorite Pepper Varieties: Hot Peppers Usually I only do a few hot peppers, and the milder one’s at that, like Anaheim Chili’s and Jalapenos. These are what I will be growing this year: Jalapenos: Spicy little peppers perfect for a little heat in your salsa or any dishes you like a little heat. We also like to make Cowboy Candy with them, which is a pickled jalapeno in a sweet sauce. So good! Anaheim Chili’s: These are mildly hot, I don’t even think they are hot if picked when green, but let them turn red on the vine, and they are much hotter! I like these in all types of Mexican dishes. Black Hungarian: I grew some of these for a customer who bought starts from me last year, and they are a new favorite! These are also mildly hot and are black in color. Mini Sweet Peppers Bangles Mix: These are great little peppers perfect for the lunch box or for snacking and come in red, orange…