[Market-farming] paper pot transplanter

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 21:39:45 EDT 2012


I use Sun Gro Natural and Organic mix amended with compost, bloodmeal and
feathermeal

Andy

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM, Allan Balliett <allan.balliett at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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