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Post  Shoda on 4/16/2010, 1:14 pm

My first SFG bed should be set up and ready to go this weekend. I am so excitted!

I have a few veggies I want to move over from the mud to the SFG bed -- mostly a few broccoli and chard. I know I am being silly, but part of me wants to rinse the yucky California mud off the roots before I move the babies to their new home. It is probably just fussiness but I don't like the idea of contaminating the beautiful Mel's Mix and garden beds I spent so much work on.

Anyone else feel this protective of their mix?
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Post  camprn on 4/16/2010, 1:20 pm

@shoda wrote:My first SFG bed should be set up and ready to go this weekend. I am so excitted!

I have a few veggies I want to move over from the mud to the SFG bed -- mostly a few broccoli and chard. I know I am being silly, but part of me wants to rinse the yucky California mud off the roots before I move the babies to their new home. It is probably just fussiness but I don't like the idea of contaminating the beautiful Mel's Mix and garden beds I spent so much work on.

Anyone else feel this protective of their mix?

No need to be fussy, your babies like having som dirt around the roots. Just trowel them out and plunk them in the SFG. Soon enough they will outgrow that wee bit of dirt.
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Post  SirTravers on 4/16/2010, 1:23 pm

If you really want to rinse the dirt off the roots rainwater is best. If you have to use tap water draw up some in a bucket and sit it outside for a day or two. The sunlight will breakdown the chlorine in the water so it doesn't do harm to your babies.

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Post  Shoda on 4/25/2010, 11:32 am

I moved a few of my pathetic plants to my SFG yesterday. They were so root bound that most of the roots hadn't made their way into the hard clay soil we have here. So they transferred easily. Since they haven't grown much in months that might explain why. Hopefully they will love the new soft Mel's Mix.

The plants were covered with bug holes so my daughter and I gave them a quick haircut and removed the dead leaves. It is pretty cool but they actually look healthier already planted in my new SFG. They are mostly cool weather crops so I guess I will have to wait and see if they take off or die.
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