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That’s a matter of preference. Plants grown organically usually have a lower impact on the environmen,t because the growers focus more on building the soil than spreading chemical fertilizers, use biological controls as opposed to synthetic (man-made) chemical controls, and work within the natural ecosystem rather than fighting it. At the end of the day, though, a big field of cabbage is not the same as a natural forest or prairie ecosystem. The one disadvantage of purchasing organic seeds is that they are usually not treated with fungicides and thus can be susceptible to damping off and other soilborne diseases during cool, wet weather.
Plan to water newly planted trees every three days (every other day if it is hot and dry). New trees don’t need to be staked unless they’re in areas prone to heavy rains and frequent winds. It can take a couple of years for newly planted trees to root into the surrounding soil, so continue to monitor your tree for signs that it needs water. How to Plant a Bare-Root Fruit Tree or Shrub 1. Soak the bare roots in water the night before you plan to plant. 2. Dig a hole twice as wide as the diameter of the root spread and about three inches deeper than the length of the roots.
Planting Transplants Outdoors Plant transplants outside according to the spacing the fully grown plants will need. Pay attention to the depth of the hole, and ensure that you don’t bury the stem in the soil (except in special cases—see Growing Tip on the following page). Take the temperature of the soil to make sure it is warm enough. ) Before planting any transplants outside, prepare them by hardening them off. 42 Planting Seeds Outdoors GROWING TIP Tomato plants should be planted deep. Strip oﬀ all but the top four sets of leaves.