How to Transplant Beets

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Beets, like carrots, are possible to transplant so long as you do so with care. Transplant beets the proper way with help from the owner of a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hey there, garden peeps. Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds certified biodynamic nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, here today to talk to you about how to transplant beets into a garden. Beets, like carrots and most root crops are easily seeded into a garden but it's also possible to transplant them with care. And here I've got some beets in my four packs, which I sell through my biodynamic nursery, Healing Grounds. But if you carefully remove the plant from its container and insert it into the ground at level that it's planted, and then water it in well, you'll find that the plant will take to the garden environment readily. And so it's not as difficult as most people make out. It's really more of a matter of delicate, yet at the same time firm. And these are not too bunched, so I'm going to actually not even bother to separate them. And because they're root crops, the root is the crop in essence, you don't need to plant them far apart because the leaf parts, which are edible and highly nutritious, will not take up a lot of space over the ground. So roughly about three to four inches of space and then I'm taking my thumb and my forefinger and going to the base of the plant and giving it a little bit of a nudge there into the ground so to make sure that that interface between the material that growing material in the container and the soil itself have a nice marriage and that there's no air pockets. And then I'm also leveling out the surface of the soil just to make sure that it stays even. It makes it easier to deal with the plants as a whole. They get equal treatment, if you will. And as I said, because these are not heavily bunched, I'm just going to not even bother to separate them out. Oops, I think I pulled that out, so I'm not going to plant that. But these remaining beets will be planted right here, giving them about as I said three to four inches of space. And then I'm taking my forefinger and my thumb and I'm nudging those in lovingly and nurturingly so that they're actually fairly upright. The last bit of information is that we want to make sure that we're watering this sufficiently, especially at the moment of transplant. Because that's going to help the plant really, really mesh with the soil and overcome the shock of being transplanted. And I've got a row's end here so make sure that my water isn't streaming out too strongly, you notice that the plants will be bent over here for a little bit but they will eventually sit upright once they get established. Give them a few hours. It's a windy day here at the nursery so I'm planting these indoors and that's so that the wind won't whip these plants about. If it were windy and you were planting them, you probably want to provide some sort of shelter so that they're not getting whipped about and they have a chance to recover. And I think that these are going to do well. At maybe about a week I'm going to take some organic mulch and I'm going to mulch around here just to allow the soil to not lose moisture so quickly and to give the beds a really wonderful protective layer that's going to benefit the plants growing in it. I'm Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds certified biodynamic nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Remember to feed the soil and let the plants feed you.


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