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Getting transplants established

We are right in the prime planting season for field crops and gardens here. We are almost finished with our planting ; just some squash, pumpkins and second lot of sweet corn to go  in. The cattle are all on pasture now and enjoying all the lush green grass available to them. We get a lot of questions about cucumber transplants  for the garden, however , we have always had the most success with starting them from seed right in the garden. If you do decide to try transplants they have to be protected as they have probably been in a greenhouse and have not been harden off as of yet. The cucumber beetle loves these plants and can quickly destroy your plants if you do not monitor the population and apply appropriate control measures if needed. For all your transplants , they need to be looked after initially so that they get established in your garden and can develop a good set of roots to support the plant for the entire growing season. This means an appropriate amount of water and starter fertilizers to get the plants off to a good start. Watering is both an art and a science. You can over water transplants as much as under water  them .

In the market , we still have a good supply of vegetables from the greenhouses and should be starting our bunched baby carrots later this week. Our own tomatoes should be ready in 2-3 weeks. There are also transplants left including tomatoes , peppers , herbs , and an assortment of flowers.

We expect to start our grass silage for this winters cattle feed in the next week or so .

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