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Taking my own advice, for once


In writing the zucchini post, I added the most wonderful transplant instructions EVER. How do I know? Cause I finally planted my three little peppers and zucchini, all survivors of the great backyard destruction.


So I did what I said YOU should do to ensure transplant success, and by golly it totally worked.  If you live even more north than me, and have stuff yet to transplant, (I imagine everyone in a normal climate has their stuff looooong in the ground, anticipating a harvest), then do what I did:


Pre-mix a bucket of full strength kelp and fish fertilizer.


Stinky fish juice

Stinky fish juice

kelp fertilizer


Dig a really really deep hole. About three times the size of the plant root you’ll be burying.

 Pepper - deep hole

Add some decent fertilizer, like the COF, or any equivalent thereof, and mix it in at the bottom of the hole. The idea is to have the food below the plant.

 Pepper - COF


Fill the hole back up, leaving just enough room for your plants root ball.

 Pepper - in the hole


Place the plant gently inside, and fill the hole with the pre-mixed fertilizer water. You’re aiming to make a nice slurry that you will gently press around the roots. Like making mud pies for adults. Really fishy mud pies. Do a happy dance.

 Pepper - all planted


I did this two days ago, and everything seems to be doing great. No drooping, listing, yellowing – all the plants seem healthy, vibrant and green. The zucchini promptly put out a flower. I’m always listening to myself from now on.

7 comments to Taking my own advice, for once

  • I think everyone should trust their instincts…loved making mudpies as a kid. We would sprinkle dandelion petals on top, as if they were mudpie cheeseburgers…

  • admin

    Nice! Mudpie burgers, awesome. Can’t take credit for the transplant technique though – it comes straight out of the awesome book by Steve Solomon. He’s my hero. 🙂

  • Please do more posts about northern climate gardening. That’s a very unique niche that I’ve never seen before. It could be your thing (or another thing) by which you gain international renown.

  • admin

    @ Rob – thanks. All my gardening posts are northern climate by default, as this is about as north as it gets without moving to Alaska. 🙂 I’ll keep writing as the garden grows, and see if I can get away without needing a greenhouse this season.

  • Nice blog! Hope everything stays strong. I was testing a couple of diffrent type of soils with my tomatoes and there is a diffrence in growth. I was using cocoa bean shells in my soil mix. Thanks for sharing.

  • admin

    Cocoa bean shells? Neat-o! Actually I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, in his book Steve Solomon says used coffee grounds make an excellent fertilizer. I’ll be sure to stop by and see how your experiments turn out. 🙂

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