photo credit: Mike the Gardener
|I know I have been writing a lot about grow lights, starting seeds indoors and getting a jump on the gardening season and that is for good reason. Here in zone 7A I like to start a lot of vegetables early. This allows me to start enjoying fresh veggies a lot sooner and cucumbers are a must in my garden.
I keep a close eye on all my starts under my grow lights as I need to adjust the lights and move things around as the need arises. Yesterday morning I noticed the 12 cucumber plants I have growing were in need of a transplant. They were getting too large for the space they were in, so I decided to move them to larger pots. Here is what I did:
STEP 1: PREPARING THE NEW POTSBefore I start removing my cucumber plants from their trays, I need to prepare the new pots. I don’t want a lot of “out of dirt” time for the cucumber’s roots. I lined up my new pots and put new potting soil in each one. I did not fill them all the way to the top, just enough to give the roots an area to sit on and of course expand.
STEP 2: TRANSPLANTING THE CUCUMBERSWith my larger pots filled with a good organic potting soil I am ready to begin the transition. I will make a hole or indentation in the middle of the potting soil. That is where my cucumber transplant is going. Using a popsicle stick, available for bulk purchase from Amazon, I gently lift the cucumber plant from the root, out of the tray, and into the new larger pot with more potting soil. I add some more potting soil to the top to make sure the cucumber plant’s roots are covered.
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STEP 3: MOVE CUCUMBERS BACK UNDER GROW LIGHTSNow that we have moved all of our cucumber plants to their bigger pots and in a new tray, we have to get them back under the grow lights. You will more than likely need to adjust your lights up or down depending on the size of your cucumbers. Try and keep the light about an inch above the tallest plant.
STEP 4: MARK YOUR CUCUMBER PLANTSUnless you want a mystery garden, you will need to mark your plants. I know I will forget which varieties of cucumbers are in which pots. So what I do is write their names on some popsicle sticks, place the sticks in the pots and whoala, no more mystery. Of course I also write all of this down in the garden journal so I will have something to refer back to in the future.
STEP 5: WATER YOUR PLANTSThe particular pots that I am using are cow pots. They are biodegradable pots made from cow manure. That means, when the time comes, I can plant the entire pot into the ground. What that also means, is they are very dry and will suck any moisture out of the potting soil that you just used. Therefore, we add in water to our tray so that both the cow pots absorb their max and the soil can absorb its max. Makes sense right?
And that’s it. In a couple of weeks it will be time to move them outdoors to the garden where I am looking forward to an abundant cucumber crop. If you would like to see these steps in action watch the video above. I show the process from beginning to end.
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