Send us your best seedling planting tips!!
Prize: Oxo 10-piece Garden Tool Kit
Celebrity Judge: Rebecca Kolls
Rebecca Kolls joins our Garden Party this month to help us judge your best seedling transplanting tips. Gardeners around the country know Rebecca from her many years as the gardening contributor to Good Morning America, and as host of her own syndicated television show: “Rebecca’s Garden.” Gardeners can now get Rebecca’s tips delivered straight to their home with her new magazine: “Rebecca Koll’s Seasons”
Rebecca’s going to help us judge the best seedling transplanting tip this month, and give away an incredible OXO 10-piece Gardening Tool Kit, featuring OXO Garden tools. (Why, oh why can’t we be eligible for our own prizes?!?)
Being so far north, and at a higher altitude to boot, we wind up starting a lot of seeds indoors for the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Garden. Otherwise our growing season would be, like, 2 weeks long.
Each different variety of seedling, however, seems to need it’s own TLC when being transplanted to the garden. For instance, we learned last year (the hard way) that we need to cover our cucumber, squash, and melon seedlings with floating row cover fabric to avoid having them decimated by the dreaded neon striped cucumber beetles. (We wound up squashing them by hand each morning. Not that appetizing before breakfast.)
Tender seedlings travel a tough road in their early days out of the greenhouse or coldframe. Many pests and plagues threaten new plantings…rot, cutworms, wind. What are your tips for hardening-off and avoiding other problems?
Enter your favorite tips (with pictures if you got ’em) in the comment section below. At the end of April we’ll announce which Rebecca chose as the most unique and helpful, and send the winner the OXO 10-piece Garden Tool Kit. (Be sure to include your email address so that we know how to reach you.)