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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Plants grown indoors can get a little leggy and need to be repotted with most of the steam under dirt.

Repot your starts

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Most of the stem has been potted under the dirt to help develop strong roots.

I grow my own vegetables every year from seeds as simple as possible. I use the natural light coming through an east-facing window. I use the pots my neighbors save for me from the plants they buy. When my plants grow a little and start to look stringy, I repot them in a larger container. Often I use discarded plastic cups from a party.

Repotting is an import process in growing your own vegetable plants. I always plant the thin stem way down into the dirt leaving the foliage just peaking out. This will help develop a nice root system for the plant. This feature comes in handy during a hot summer.

With all the added nutrients in the soil my plants they start to grow studier stems and grow quickly.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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