One week has passed since applying organic fertilizer (such as cow manure and chicken manure) to the beds. This time, we will transplant seedlings of summer vegetables and sow edamame seeds.
Summer vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, and green peppers are cultivated from seedlings. Ginger is grown from ginger root, and edamame is cultivated from seeds.
In bed A, we will plant seedlings of green pepper and eggplant, and also plant ginger roots.
In bed B, we will plant tomato and edamame beans. (Tomato will be grown from seedlings, and edamame bean plant from seeds.)
Preparation before planting summer vegetable seedlings and sowing edamame bean seeds
The area for planting summer vegetable seedlings and ginger roots is prepared by using a mulch cutter to create holes. (Set aside the soil from the holes to the side.)
After making the holes for planting vegetables, check the depth and size of each hole. Let’s place the potted vegetables into the holes. It should be easy to check once you actually place them in.
If there are any issues such as the hole being too shallow or deep, or too large or small, adjust the planting hole accordingly. Using a trowel is useful for adjusting the size of the hole.
Fill the hole with water up to 80% (halfway for ginger). Seedlings and ginger roots should be planted after the water has drained away.
For planting edamame seeds, use a mulch cutter to cut only the plastic on the mulch surface.
Preparation is complete for planting vegetable seedlings and edamame seeds.
Planting summer vegetable seedlings and ginger roots, sowing edamame seeds
Tomato, eggplant, and green pepper seedlings are delicate. Handle vegetable seedlings gently during planting to prevent them from breaking or getting damaged. The way to plant seedlings is to first pinch the stem of the seedlings between your fingers, and turn over the pot.
Take the seedlings out of the pot and return them to their original orientation. Try to avoid breaking the soil around the seedlings as much as possible.
Plant the seedlings in the hole, return the previously set aside soil and fill the gaps around the hole.
Be careful not to plant the seedlings too deep. (For grafted seedlings, make sure the grafting point is above the soil.)
Plant ginger roots with the sprouting part facing upwards.
If it’s difficult to plant ginger roots, use a trowel to widen the hole.
Any excess soil from planting tomato, eggplant, and green pepper, etc, should be dropped beneath the bed. If the leftover soil comes into contact with the leaves, it can potentially lead to diseases. Let’s keep the surface of the mulching film clean.
Since the newly planted seedlings are still fragile, set up stakes alongside them for support. (Insert the stakes at an angle, outside the planting hole to avoid damaging the roots.)
Tie the stem to the stake with twine. Loosely tie the stem, as it will grow thicker over time.
Sow 3 edamame seeds in each hole. The planting depth is approximately 2cm (0.8 in.). Press edamame seeds in to a depth of 2m (0.8 in.) with your finger.
Water in newly planted tomato, eggplant, and green pepper, etc very thoroughly. This completes the planting of summer vegetables.
Following is the video for how-to. English subtitles are available.