4/3/2020 – We planted the pepper seedlings in a 4″ high raised bed that is Row 13. We soaked the row late yesterday with the soaker hose and the plants should adapt well to their new location.
With a hand shovel, we dug a 6″ deep hole, 6″-10″ wide and threw in maybe 1/2 cup of 15-0-15. Used the shovel to mix in the pellets until they were mostly out of sight. Pushed dirt from the sides into the hole so the pepper seedling–that had not gotten pot-bound but had enough roots to hold the soil–would be planted at the same depth it had been growing. Leveled the soil around them and patted it down. The seedlings were:
- California Wonder Bell – Planted on the south end.
- Charleston Belle Sweet Bell Pepper (N)* – Planted in the center
- Ancho Poblano Hot Pepper – Planted on the north end.
In the late afternoon, we planted the Roma and Celebrity tomato seedlings in Row 14 once that row dried out some from the overnight soaking with the soaker hose. With a hand shovel, we dug a 6″-8″ deep hole, 8″-12″ wide and threw in maybe 1/2 cup of 15-0-15.
Also threw in a very large pinch of table sugar that Paul Farrell’s father said will kill root-knot nematodes. Used the shovel to mix in the pellets until they were mostly out of sight.
We cut off the lower leaf stems and planted them deep. They were fairly pot bound as they were 6-10″ tall but still in 1″ squares. We did not mash the root ball to not damage the small roots. Just stuck it deep in the hole to where the first remaining leaf would be above the dirt.