Hi Everyone; We're planning the garden for the spring. All our plants were in the ground last year, except the bean plants which were in a small raised bed and they did very well. Si, I'm planning the garden to be all raised beds. Our eggplants that I was asking about the other day are in the ground. They have been there since we planted them in March. They were seedlings when we bought them. Would it hurt them if we transplanted them into a raised bed, or would that be a terrible thing to do to them since they've been in the ground so long. They are about 3-1/2 to 4 feet tall. Thanks for the help and advice. Have a wonderful weekend! - Janine
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Moving them when they are established that long is a task, for sure. It can be done, but it needs to be done in early spring, right as growth starts to be vigorous again.
Doing so now will result in the death of the plants. Make sure to do this at the proper time, and make sure NOT TO OVERWATER! This will be your first instinct once a transplant is fresh. Just water it once the ground is completely dry on top, and down to about an inch or so, until it recovers. Then it can go quite a while without water.
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