Planting and Transplanting

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  1. Emily says:

    I am wondering if your tomatoes got root bound after sitting so long. I would try Blooming and Rooting
    fertilizer, since it helps root development. Also, there’s an eggshell trick I learned you can read here. Finally, even though you are Yellow–have the temperatures in your area gotten colder than 55 at night? Tomatoes don’t do well with even cool temps, so you might consider using Walls O Water or something like that.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am in the yellow group (Nashville). My tomato plants aren’t growing very fast. They were given to me by someone else. They were indoors, at my house, for about 2-3 weeks and then I planted them in my raised bed/square-foot garden bed. (1 per square) They’ve been in there for about a month (today is 5/10). Any ideas/suggestions? Plants new ones? They still have green (shrively, mind you) leaves, but they just haven’t grown any.

  3. Emily says:

    If they are new seeds, it’s very likely most will germinate (90%). With beans and peas, I’ve taken to planting only one seed, and replanting if that spot is empty when the others show up.

  4. Tina @ Dewdrop Garden says:

    Oops, wish I would have seen this post before I planted. I just planted today and only planted 1 seed per hole, except my carrots because like you mentioned it was hard to get just 1. Do you think I should do anything at this point, or just wait and see what I get? Do you even plant more than one seed for the seeds that are really big, for instance the lima bean seeds were huge.

    As for the squares, I used plastic knives and twine to mark my squares.

  5. Emily says:

    I bought my dividers at, but you can make them from strips of wood, mini blinds, etc. If my garden beds were wood I would use nails/screws and kite string.

  6. Emily says:

    I bought plastic dividers from You can make them from old mini-blinds, wood, etc. In ways I wish I had wooden boxes so I could just use nails and kite string.

  7. Mike says:

    What do you use as the dividers for your squares? Thanks for all the great info.

  8. Emily says:

    Jennifer–I don’t know your color group, so it’s hard for me to tell you what’s too late. Did you sign up for my newsletter? You will get emails listing all the plants to be starting from seeds, transplanted, and planted outside from seed.

  9. Jennifer Hicks says:

    I was excited to find your website. I am hoping I am not in over my head – doing a square foot garden for my first garden. I live in Angola, IN. I am starting with all seeds. I dont have any transplants. I have peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peas, cauliflower, lettuce and squash. Am I starting too late with any of these as seeds? I noticed the above comment about the tomatoes. What about the rest? It says my spring planting season is in May, what if I get started now? Thanks for your help!

  10. Emily says:

    Michelle–you can plant seeds outside if you have an extremely long (or year round) growing season. Most of us don’t have enough time to grow tomatoes from seed. So, we’re stuck starting them indoors or buying transplants.

  11. Michelle says:

    I am planning my first sq ft garden and am loving your website! There is so much information and I so excited to get started. I bought seeds today and am wondering specifically if I HAVE to start my tomatoes and bell peppers inside. Is it not possible to plant them now outside as seed since I’m past my last frost date? I’m new to this and would love advice 😀 Thanks!


  12. Danielle says:

    I am so excited to have discovered your site! Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful information! I have always wanted to start a garden, but was unsure of how to begin. Now, thanks to you, I have high hopes of getting a nice garden started this year!