PS 126/MAT Garden: Transplanting
In the efforts to making an all season garden, Ms. Chu has many things she needs to do to prepare for winter, one of which is transplanting kale and collard greens.
Transplanting takes a little bit of caution as you don't want to hurt the roots too much to the point where it cannot recover once transplanted into new soil. Dig around the plant and dig a little deeper to get all the roots.
There may be huge clunks of soil and roots underneath. Try to keep this intact as much as possible.
The kale and collard greens were planted into another bed with compost, vermiculture and a peat moss mixture. The plants were strategically planted from small to large according to the direction of the sun so large plants do not block the sun from the small ones.
After transplanting, we tucked PVC pipes in the raised bed as a scaffolding to put a sheet of insulation to keep the plants warm and away from squirrels and rodents. It creates a greenhouse effect. We make sure to seal in the bottoms with large rocks so it does not fly away and animals can't get inside to steal the goods. (See the raised bed in the back.)
This raised bed's growth and success will be compared to a SIP (sub-irrigated planter) raised bed as we will be using different methods of watering.