Row by Row Episode 80: Growing Your Own Transplants for the Garden

Growing Your Own Transplants

The major benefit of growing your own transplants is you are able to get a jumpstart on the growing season. This means you will have plants ready to go in the ground as soon as the weather conditions and soil temperatures are just right in the vegetable garden. Another benefit is you are able to grow a wider variety of vegetables because you aren’t limited to just the plants that are at the big box stores. Growing your own transplants can also be a much more affordable solution in the long run because you aren’t buying new plants from the store every growing season and hoping they make it once you establish them in your personal vegetable garden.

New Seeding Starting Kits

With the three new seed starting kits, the main difference is the size and overall components of each. The first seed starting kit that the guys discuss is the 24-Cell Seed Starting Kit. This kit includes two 12-cell trays, bottom trays, domes, pro-mix seed starting mix, complete organic fertilizer, and garden labels. With two 12-cell trays, you can grow up to 24 plants of any kind of vegetables. Next, is the 48-Cell Seed Starting Kit, which is basically double what you get with the 24-cell kit. The 48-cell kit includes two 24-cell trays, bottom trays, domes, two bags of pro-mix seed starting mix, two bags of complete organic fertilizer, and garden labels. The last new kit they discuss is the Deluxe Seed Starting Kit which includes two 24-cell trays, larger bottom tray, dome, 16-quart pro-mix seed starting, and the garden labels. They also discuss the Premium Seed Starting Kit which has been out for a while but is the ultimate seed starting kit to grow the most vegetable transplants. The Premium kit includes our 162-cell tray, the heavy-duty bottom tray, pro-mix seed starting mix, a Dramm rain wand, garden labels, and four premium garden seeds such as Arcadia Broccoli, Tiger Collard, Parris Island Romaine Lettuce, and Lacinato Kale. Depending on how many vegetables you want to grow and need that can help determine which seed starting kit would be the best fit for you.

Show and Tell Segment

On the show and tell segment, Travis and Greg have several different fig varieties to show, discuss, and taste test. They give a small update on the new studio and adjustments that are continuing to be made. Greg talks about what plants are quickly growing in his vegetable gardens such as collards, onions, Brussel sprouts, and mustard greens. The guys also discuss the two common mistakes that people make in the fall and winter garden which includes not watering plants and adding enough fertilizer to the plants.

Viewer Questions Segment

On the question and answer segment this week, the guys answer questions about wearing sunglasses on the video last week and their opinions on adding charcoal or biochar to the garden. Travis mentions that he does apologize for wearing his sunglasses in last week’s video it is just a healthy precaution to protect his eyes from the new studio lights. Greg mentions that biochar is a carbon product that makes this charred organic matter that looks like ground-up charcoal. It has been primarily used to help take away contaminants such as pesticides from the garden soil. If you are experiencing contaminated soil then biochar is the best option. Another factor of using biochar is it can be used as a sponge to basically hold nutrients in the soil. However, Greg believes that adding good quality compost is a more economical way of adding nutrients to the soil.

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