[Market-farming] paper pot transplanter

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 20:43:28 EDT 2012


I haven't looked at the paper pot transplanter yet but I'm wondering
what you folks are using for soil in pots for your transplant starts.

thanks

-Allan in WV

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM, Burke Farm <burkefarm at gmail.com> wrote:
> I got my paper pot transplanter from http://smallfarmworks.com/
>
> I agree with the other poster..when you are on a small scale and only
> have 1 or 2 people on the farm at a time, it is a game changer for
> transplanting.  I use 4" spacing for lettuce, beets, chard, other
> greens (not kale), basil, dill,etc.  Other things like fennel it could
> probably do if I were more fastidious about transplanting on time.
> (Nothing is very fastidious this summer as I just gave birth to child
> # 2... )  I have had mixed results with onions.
>
> Even in my lumpy clay loam soil, it works pretty well when it's fairly
> dry and the soil is tilled.. and when it's not, the second person
> helping and going back to bury all the transplants is still MUCH
> faster than transplanting all those little plants by hand in soil
> blocks, which is what we did before.
>
> I still use soil blocks for brassicas.  I have gone back and forth
> between blocks and open flats for peppers and tomatoes, I pot them up
> into 3" fertilpots to sell at markets or go in the ground once they
> are big enough.
>
> Today we direct seeded beets, carrots, and fall beans.. under the
> assumption that this weekend's forecast for rain is not a false alarm.
>  Fingers crossed.  Miraculously, I have cucumbers up the wazoo, even
> in this 90 - 105 weather.  Guess that low-lying,
> usually-underwater-in-June part of the field turned out to be good for
> something this summer.
>
> Lisa Burke
> Farming Engineers LLC
> central IN z 5b
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