The Q&A Archives: Mid-Summer Transplant

Question: I am living in Wayne, PA and moving to CT in mid-summer (July). I am new to gardening and want to know if and how I can start seeds for both vegetables and flowers here and then take them to CT when we move. Should I plant them in containers and then just put them in the car when we move, plant them in the ground and then dig them up when we move, or can I wait until I arrive in CT before planting? In terms of vegetables, I would like to plant eggplant, tomatoes and cucumbers mainly. Most of the flowers I intend to plant are annuals.

Answer: Your suggestion of planting in containers is probably your best bet, although you will need very large containers for the vegetables you mentioned since a single tomato plant needs about a five gallon bucket to grow well, for example. Many annuals do well in containers, but once again the bigger is better rule of thumb is also important for healthy plants. Unfortunately, moving any number of plants will take up a lot of space and weight which is especially important if you are paying a moving company by the pound. In addition, the tomatoes and eggplants generally need months of good warm weather before they produce and may be only barely bearing by the time you move. To be honest, I think you might be better off to wait and start a fall garden at your new house. Although tomatoes and eggplants and cucumbers prefer warm weather, there are lots of veggies that do well planted in late summer for a fall harvest and this will also allow you some time to settle into your new home as well as do a good job on soil preparation for your new garden area.

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