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Question: I bought onion and strawberry starter plants. What is the easiest way to replant them? Thank you.

Answer: Start by preparing the planting bed so you can just pop them out of their containers and right into the ground. I spread 3-4 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top of the planting bed and dig it in to a depth of 6-8 inches, then level the soil and plant my vegetable starts. Just unpot them by turning them on their sides and easing them out of the pots (use a knife placed between the soil and the side of the pot if you need some leverage to ease the rootmass out), or if they are in 6-pak cells, simply hold the pack on its side and push the bottom of the cell to release the plant. Set the plant in the soil so it will be at the same soil level as it was growing in the container and gently press the garden soil around the rootmass. Then water well and watch your new plants grow. Enjoy!

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