I'm happy to say that the seeds that we got last year from Baker Creek have germinated! We're looking at five fledgling white tomato plants right now, and I'm filled with trepidation:
Fear of "damping off"
Fear they're getting too leggy
Fear of snapping their little necks!
So... my question for y'all is this: Now that the true leaves are showing and we have a seemingly viable tomato plant, what is your method for gently and safely transplanting these tender young shoots to larger growing vessels?
Do you use a spoon or small spade to scoop out the whole cell of starting mix and plant, then cover it with more starting mix?
Do you reach in and pinch the tiny root ball, keeping only a bit of soil on the plant, then insert it into more soil?
This video from YellowTree Farm got me wondering...
Can you describe what method works best for you?
This question was posed to the HOMEGROWN.org Facebook community and it resulted in some very helpful answers!
I've been using Peat Pellets this season and they are SO EASY to use and almost mess-free.
There is no root disturbance when transplanting!
This is a terrific post, Marianne. Thanks. Mess-free is a compelling reason to use them.
I especially love that you planted more seeds than you know you'll need plants -- just in case some fail, but also in order to pass along seedlings as gifts. I love doing that!