When you plant vegetable seedlings directly in the soil, you can lose a lot of seedlings to disease, and transplanting them in the field takes a lot of work.
Plant vegetable seedlings in plastic or Styrofoam trays. This modern method ensures good germination and healthy seedlings. The trays save water and labour, because the seedlings are easy to separate.
Germination in trays helps protect the seedlings from disease, if the soil is first treated with fungicides and fertilisers.
Before, farmers planted seed in long pots, and they had to buy many seeds, which cost a lot. Now they only plant one seed per Styrofoam pot. Then they cover it with a piece of cloth, irrigate it and place it in the greenhouse.
How to plant vegetable seed in trays
1. In order to cultivate tomato seedlings in plastic or Styrofoam trays, fill the trays with sterilized peat moss. Apply fungicides, to control the fungus called fusarium.
2. Add fertilizers such as solutions or powders. Choose the best seed. Irrigate with clean water, because dirty water can bring disease to the seedlings.
3. The seedlings need to be protected from dust, wind, and insects. The seedlings should also be well ventilated. After a few weeks in the greenhouse, transplant the seedlings to the field.
4. Transplanting the seedlings from the plastic or Styrofoam trays saves labour and preserves the plants from harm. It guarantees a healthy and productive plant that is more resistant to disease.