from sky to seed

(Trans)planting

Decided that today, with its overcast skies and medium-nice temps (mid-60s) was the perfect day to transplant my sturdiest tomato seedlings.

Decided that today, with its overcast skies and medium-nice temps (mid-60s) was the perfect day to transplant my sturdiest tomato seedlings.

Missouri soil is soooo rocky, so I went ahead and spent a day or two getting the tomato cages set up (which actually required digging holes as deep as their poles) so that I wouldn't have to work around an already established tomato plant later in the season, when it finally reaches the point where it wants to climb.

Missouri soil is soooo rocky, so I went ahead and spent a day or two getting the tomato cages set up (which actually required digging holes as deep as their poles) so that I wouldn’t have to work around an already established tomato plant later in the season, when it finally reaches the point where it wants to climb.

I've read and been told that you should wait to transplant until the seedlings are 3-4" tall and have their "true" leaves, meaning they're serrated or jagged around the margins.

I’ve read and been told that you should wait to transplant until the seedlings are 3-4″ tall and have their “true” leaves, meaning they’re serrated or jagged around the margins.

Here they be! Settled into their new homes.

Here they be! Settled into their new homes.

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This angle makes the cages look so kooky and cool.

In addition to transplanting the tomatoes, mid-May means it's the perfect time to start planting, well, just about everything. Here's what I managed to get done today: a couple melons, eight rows of corn, and my Thai beans.

In addition to transplanting the tomatoes, mid-May means it’s the perfect time to start planting, well, just about everything. Here’s what I managed to get done today: a couple melons, eight rows of corn, and my Thai beans.

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