Here are some tips for when your homegrown or store-bought seedlings are ready to be planted in the garden:

  1. To reduce plant stress and make them easier to handle, water plants before transplanting.
  2. Ideally you won’t have to touch the plant at all, but if this is necessary, avoid touching the stem and lift the plant by its leaves.
  3. The best time to transplant is in cloudy, cool weather. If this is not possible try to shade your seedlings with your body or an umbrella.
  4. Most vegetables benefit from being transplanted up to the first true leaves (burying the cotyledon – the leaves from inside the seed).

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