How to Plant Young Crops

Correct potting is essential for crop growth. Follow these steps to create the most prosperous environment for young plants.
Chard Grows Well in Galvanized Containers

Chard Grows Well in Galvanized Containers

Chard grows vigorously in galvanized tub with rich compost, sunny spot and lots of moisture.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chard grows vigorously in galvanized tub with rich compost, sunny spot and lots of moisture.

Step 1: Fill Galvanized Tub with Multipurpose Soil

Fill Galvanized Tub with Multi Purpose Soil

Fill Galvanized Tub with Multi Purpose Soil

Fill the galvanized tub with multi purpose compost. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the tub.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Check that your container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom, and drill some if not. Cover the holes with a layer of broken clay pot pieces, and then fill the pot with multipurpose compost up to 2in (5cm) from the top.

Step 2: Plan Planting Before Potting

Plant Planning Before Potting Out

Plant Planning Before Potting Out

Check spacing of plants while they are still in their nursery pots. Once decided, water each pot before planting out.

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Put out the plants in the pot while they are still in their own containers to check how many you need and that the spacing between them will be adequate. Water the plants well before carefully knocking them out of their pots.

Step 3: Space Plants at Appropriate Distance

Space Chard Plants at Appropriate Distance

Space Chard Plants at Appropriate Distance

Place chard plants in compost allowing for correct distance between plants. Plant at same depth as nursery plant and firm in around roots.

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Make holes in the compost, allowing the correct distance between each plant (4in/10cm for chard). Place a plant in each hole, check that the compost is at the same level around the plant as it was in its previous pot, and firm in.

Step 4: Water the Plants Thoroughly

Watering Can with Rose Sprayer Delivers Fine Mist

Watering Can with Rose Sprayer Delivers Fine Mist

Water plants thoroughly using a fine rose sprayer on watering can, so that newly planted plants will not be disturbed.

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2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Using a rose on a watering can or a gentle spray setting on a hose, settle the compost around the plants’ roots. Continue to water the container regularly, particularly during hot weather.