To Transplant or Just Wait to Plant it in the Garden

United States
May 13, 2016 9:41am CST
The seedlings I started about 2 months ago are doing quite well. Now they are looking a bit gangly. Not sure if I should transplant them into larger pots. This of course means the added expense of purchasing more potting soil. I do need to pot up a few so we can bring them to my husband's aunt and uncle. I promised them a few. The old farmers believe that you should wait until after Memorial Day to plant your garden. This is to avoid the possibility of getting a frost that will kill the seedlings. I have had that happen a time or two. Once was after Memorial Day when we got an unexpected freeze. Most of my plants were killed and I had to start over. My husband is in a fired up hurry to get the garden started. I worry about frost. We did have one this week. If we had planted early as he so wished we would have lost everything. Hopefully my husband will be able to get the garden spot ready for planting. Perhaps we will get it going next week if the weather permits.
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@DianneN (74345)
• United States
13 May 16
It depends where you live. Here, we can plant after Mother's Day, as a rule of thumb.
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• United States
13 May 16
My cousin lives in NJ and her garden is already in. They have an earlier spring than we do.
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@DianneN (74345)
• United States
13 May 16
@ElusiveButterfly I figured as much!
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• United States
13 May 16
@DianneN We live in an area where the cold Canadian air can dip low enough to bring a nip to the air.
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@fishtiger58 (30375)
• Momence, Illinois
13 May 16
We have all our flowers in but haven't planted the veggies yet, I am hoping next week.
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• United States
13 May 16
I am still a little concerned about early frost.
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@fishtiger58 (30375)
• Momence, Illinois
14 May 16
@ElusiveButterfly I don't blame you the temps this spring have not been horribly spring like.
@xFiacre (4266)
• Ireland
13 May 16
@elusivebutterfly we have just passed the risk of frosts so I planted out my zucchini. I did it too early last year.
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• United States
13 May 16
We had a frost on Monday. I started zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, tomatoes, and and zinnias inside.
@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 May 16
down here that's later than they say but we dont have frosts this late
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• United States
14 May 16
I just planted green and yellow beans. Hoping they will be okay. Tomorrow I'll plant beets, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, and acorn squash. Have to repot my tomatoes. They will be the last to go outside.
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• Centralia, Missouri
15 May 16
@ElusiveButterfly we never got around to the garden of pots, dont know if we will this year. I'd do alot more if I didnt work full time. If hubby finds a job, my goal is to eventually go to part time, so I can help pay for setting up again (we may have to move several states over), and then have something like that
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• United States
15 May 16
@Jessicalynnt I hope to semi retire in 3 years and only work part time.
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@TheSojourner (17479)
• United States
13 May 16
I look forward to seeing pictures of your garden once you get it all in and things start growing!
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• United States
13 May 16
Doesn't look like it will get done this weekend. The forecast calls for rain. Ugh.
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• United States
14 May 16
@ElusiveButterfly here, as well!
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• United States
14 May 16
@CoralLevang grrrrr. It could stop at 3 so when I get home I can do something besides hibernate.
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@marlina (71285)
• Canada
13 May 16
Here, we always wait for Victoria Day which is I believe on the third week of May.
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• United States
13 May 16
Memorial Day is the last Monday in May. Usually it is warm enough to plant seedlings.
• United States
13 May 16
I'm not planting any flowers in my flower boxes until after Memorial Day...the weather is too iffy. Good luck with getting your garden planted and hoping we don't have any frost
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• United States
13 May 16
I just want to get the bed ready. Maybe plant the seeds for the hardy plants. I think it is okay to plant peas. Have to purchase the seeds for them.
@amadeo (61720)
• United States
13 May 16
same here.Memorial day weekend is our planting day.I do remember we had frost one time and lost the garden
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• United States
13 May 16
So frustrating when you lose all of your hard work to one frost. I was thinking of covering it with plastic to help keep the warmth in.
@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
13 May 16
Here the farmers are worried that the seeds they planted will not grow because there is a frost warning out for tonight. I know some farmers haven't planted their crops yet and that may be a good thing for them. Let's hope the weather is good everywhere the next few days.