How Deep to Transplant ?

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by LureheadEd, May 16, 2009.

  1. LureheadEd

    LureheadEd New Member

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    Need some advice, guys... I'm putting in a garden for the first time in about 10 years... I turned the soil with my King Kutter disk, it looks great to about 7"-8"...Then there's a layer 4-6" of sandy soil, then the wonderful red clay base we have here in Ga...I was always told when I was a kid to dig holes as big as a 5-gal. bucket for tomatoes...I'm using transplants... So do I need to really dig that deep ?... I understand planting the roots twice as deep as the container, but do tomato roots grow "down" or "out"? How deep do ya'll prepare the soil for your mater plants ?...
     
  2. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I think its best to dig a furrow about six inches long and deep enough
    so after you put manure, compost or what ever that your roots are
    2 and 1/2 inches deep. Pull all the leaves off your plant except at the
    top and lay the stem in the furrow long ways 2 and 1/2 inches deep
    and gently turn the end up and pat the soil around it. The whole stem
    thats under ground will take root. And the roots will warm faster and
    grow quicker than if you plant them deeper in the cold ground.
     

  3. LureheadEd

    LureheadEd New Member

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    Thanks Poppa ! I've got 2 garden sections, I got 14 in the top garden diggin' em deep today...WAY too much like work...I'll try that on the bottom garden, got about 15 more to put in that one...How about peppers ? Should I do them that way also ? I always used to put them in about 8" deep...
     
  4. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I plant my peppers straight down with compost and manure under them.