So, here is how to transplant without damaging the seedlings.
Digging a hole: If you started the seedlings in a container, dig a transplant hole as deep as the container, and if you started in the garden, the hole should be as deep as the roots.
Watering: It is advisable to water the seedlings before planting because the roots start pulling water from the soil once they start growing.
Remove the seedlings from container: This is a tricky step that if not well implemented can damage the seedling. Turn the container upside down and try pulling the seedling out by holding the stem or the leaves. It is better to pull the leaves because they can always regrow, unlike the stem.
Place the seedling in the hole: Before placing the seedlings in the hole, inspect the roots to ensure that they are in good shape before setting it in the hole at a similar depth as they were in the container. Once the seedling is in place, fill the hole with soil and water. Ensure that the soil remains moist until the seedlings mature.
Managing the weeds
Weeds consume soil nutrients and water that could have been consumed by your crops. Additionally, they also attract and harbor harmful pests. Hence, the need to be on the lookout for weeds and keep them at bay. How to manage weeds.
Mulching: Mulch covers the soil and prevents light from reaching weed seeds that could be on the soil. So, invest in a thick layer of mulch to keep light out and retain soil moisture. Mulch also decomposes and nourishes the soil.
Hand pulling: Hand pulling may sound like a lot of work and is mainly recommend to small-scale organic gardeners. Also, it is advisable to pull out weeds once you notice them to keep them in control. This way, they do not spread, and their chances of recurring are minimal.
Hoe: If you have a big garden and the weeds are getting out of control, use a hoe to dig out the weeds from the roots. Be careful not to dig out your crops or cut their stems with the sharp hoe edge.
Persistence: Be persistent with mulching and pulling out the weeds. So, inspect your garden as often as possible all season to ensure that no weeds are in place.