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An Answer to A Burning Question

by Fern on November 11, 2008

in General

One of my favorite new blogs, North Coast Gardening, is chock full of great ideas and advice. Gen, the person in charge over there, has a degree in horticulture and works as a professional landscape designer and garden coach. In a recent email convo with her, I popped a question, and she just posted a very informative answer over at her blog. Gen is starting a question and answer feature, so if you ever wanted to ask a gardening expert a question, now is the time to ask!

Here is my question:

Why is it better to transplant a plant into a series of progressively larger pots? I’ve seen that recommended in books, but they never say why it’s better than a small plant potted in a big pot (other than the obvious point that a tiny plant in a huge pot would look ridiculous).

And here is Gen’s answer.

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Tim November 11, 2008 at 7:34 am

Fern, this is more of a general comment. Thanks for running such a great, informative site. I found you through StumbleUpon, and then found Gen’s site (equally great and informative) through yours. I’m just now getting back into gardening after years, and I’m really looking forward to getting some dirt under my fingernails. Thanks again.

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Gen Schmidt November 11, 2008 at 8:10 am

Thanks so much for your kind words, Fern! I’m blushing!

I hope everyone does feel welcome to come on by and ask those burning horticultural questions. They’re a pleasure to answer!

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Fern November 11, 2008 at 10:54 am

Tim — Thanks! I’m glad you’re finding what I post here useful, and good for you for getting back into gardening! I read recently that digging in the dirt is good for your health. Apparently there are beneficial bacteria in the dirt that are released when you dig. The gardener then inhales those good bacteria and is better off for it.

Gen — My pleasure. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and chatting with you via email.

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Tim November 11, 2008 at 11:07 am

Mmmmm, bacteria.

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Nancy Bond November 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for bringing this great site to our attention, Fern!

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Fern November 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Tim — LOL! I hear bacteria tastes like chicken…

Nancy — Anytime. :-)

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Racquel November 13, 2008 at 5:58 am

That was a great question Fern. Thanks for the link to her site.

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