plantingPerfect watering to the plants during spring and very specially during the  hot summers is really crucial to the health of your new plants. Gardeners this time must be investing serious efforts in to getting seeds propagated, re-potted and ready for the garden. To see them fail is demoralizing indeed.

Even a little negligence would be disastrous. Planting in the heat of summer need not be a horticultural death sentence. Timing is the key factor here.  Never plant young seedlings at noon. Wait until the afternoon or even after dinner when it’s cooler.

Be extremely cautious about preparing the soil. Some plants can handle being abandoned in a gravel and clay chunk mix but most will not. Soil tilth or texture is important, so make sure that the soil is a nice crumbly loam to get your plants off to a good start. In new soils add plenty of gypsum, which will improve soil tilth and provide a good base for other nutrients and trace elements to survive in.

 The addition of plenty of compost, sheep pellets or other organic matter is also a good idea as this will increase the biological activity in your soil.

Propagate plants to acclimatize them for a few days before planting . This requires putting them in the garden approximately where you want them.

While planting ensure that the ground is well watered. If the soil is bone dry, water the ground, dig it over and water it again. This will help get the water deep into the soil.

If the roots are nice and wet they will immediately start taking up water in their new home. Once the plants are in the ground, gently water with a tin or jar and cover the ground with pea straw.

To protect the young plants from slugs, surround the area with a ring of bunched-up bird netting. Take good care and watch on the seedling for the first week. The young plants should be smiling with you.

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