By Donna Bruce, RN

March in the Arizona desert garden marks the time for transplanting our seedlings from the pot to the garden. Whether you started your little seeds in a pot yourself, or bought a seedling at the nursery; this post is for you.

In order to coax our little seed to germinate and grow, we have kept the little pot in perfect conditions. Like Goldilocks; not too hot, not to cold. Not too wet, not too dry.

But our garden bed is not as comfy as Baby Bear’s bed. So we need to toughen that little plant up before we just leave it out there.

This is what I do.

Day 1—I put the little pot in the garden, in the exact spot that I intend to transplant it. I only leave it for an hour. Then I put it in the shade.

Day 2—I put the little pot in the same spot for about 2 hours. Then I put it in the shade.

Day 3—For 3 hours. Then the shade.

Day 4—For 4 hours. Then the shade.

Day 5—In the evening, I water the little pot well and dig a hole where I want the plant to be. I water the hole and carefully take the little plant out of its pot.  I put it in the hole and snug up the soil around the stem of the little plant. With the little plant tucked in for the night, I say nighty night little plant and turn off the light to the garden.

My little plant will wake up the next morning with the sun and find that this garden bed feels “Just right”.

Tomato Plant Seedling

Donna Bruce, RN



Donna is an RN who found herself struggling with all she has learned about conventional medicine. She was happy to have finally come over to the "light side" of medicine. She now gets to help bring others over as well.

Donna owns a farm family where goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and duck play in the pasture all day. She raises organic fruits and vegetables year-round to feed her family and livestock. She is happy to share what she has learned with all of you.

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