How to Transplant an Onion Bed

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Transplanting an onion bed is pretty easy to do and should prove to be stress-free. Transplant an onion bed with help from the owner of a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hey, all you people in garden land. I'm Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Bio-dynamic Nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California here today to talk to you about how to transplant onions into a garden bed. Transplanting onions into a garden bed is pretty easy to do. I always stress that any gardener take time and care when transplanting plants out of containers such of these containers that we sell our vegetable seedlings in at the Farmers Market. As you can see there are multiple plants in this cell and so what I want to do is I want to carefully separate out the roots by teasing the soil away from the plants. And these plants are not too root bound in the container so they're going to be easy to separate out. And much like the beets and the carrots that I have planted in here, I'm going to transplant these about not all in just one area. And what I want to do is I want to make a little hole with my finger and I want to carefully place those roots in there and I want to take my forefinger and my thumb and I want to just press that onion down and nestle it into the soil environment. Thumb and forefinger are wonderful God given tools that we all have with us and they're very effective especially in this sort of work. Again, making sure that we have carefully separated out the roots and then to plant the plant to the root crown which is the point at which the root itself interfaces with the plant. And we want to, or the level of the soil. So we want to make sure that we don't plant the onion any deeper than that, taking my forefinger and my thumb, and I'm carefully placing that plant in there so that it's upright. And again, this may be a little bit more, four to six inches. These are going to be a little longer lived especially if you want bulbs, bulbing plant. So you're not going to plant as many of them. The beets and carrots will be out of the way by the time these mature. So these are going to kind of take over after the beets and carrots have gone from the container itself. Again, just taking care to separate these out. Sometimes you might get two plants together. That's OK. You can plant those together. A nice thing about onions as well is you don't necessarily wait until they bulb out. You can enjoy them semi bulbed or thickened at the base and certainly green onions. So that's an option too. And then if that's the case you could certainly plant these more thickly than you might otherwise knowing that you're going to inner harvest and then ultimately you have more space for the remaining onions. Here's another two, so I'm just going to set those in. And then I'm going to try to make sure my soil is fairly level. In about a week I'm going to, once these plants are established I'm going to go ahead and mulch on this surface to provide a protective layer to bring the valuable microorganisms up to the surface and create a nice interface between the atmosphere and the soil environment. Again, as always I'm taking care not to put out strong bursts of water, and just so it's very very minimal. I also have a fertigation system here, where I'm feeding with fish and kelp, which is wonderful


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