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May 5, 2012

Buying grafted sprouts of summer vegetables

Crop rotation is an effective way to avoid consecutive crop injury. But gardeners, who have small and limited space for growing vegetables like me, sometimes have difficulty in rotating their crop properly.

Grafted sprout is an effective solution for avoiding the injury and I always buy grafted sprouts at a big sprout shop run by a farmer specializing for grafted vegetables. Grafted sprouts are more expensive than usual sprouts. For example, one grafted tomato sprout costs about $2.00 while a normal one is $1.00. But I believe it's worth paying for them.


The photo shows the one of grafted tomato sprouts I bought. You can see the sprout is "clipped" with a rootstock. Eventually, I bought 6 tomatoes, 4 cucumbers and 3 eggplants which are all grafted, costing about $20!


--from iPad

2 comments:

Noelle Kaler said...

You might try growing your plants from seeds. I find that once you grow your own, it's really hard to buy them again! It is such a less expensive venture and you can save seeds from year to year. Also, you are able to try different varieties.

In terms of soil, if you have limited space, use a wheelbarrow or large container, or even a tarp, to help you remove soil and switch the soil to another area. I have gardened in small spaces and this really does work! Good Luck!

takaeko said...

>Noelle
Thank you for your advice.

Switching soil is one of my options and I always wonder which is convenient for me for avoiding consecutive crop injury, switching soil or buying grafted sprouts?
Eventually, I always take an Ease way, grafted sprouts, though it costs me money.

I know, however, I'll have to switch soil someday in the future when crop rotation in my garden will not work. A wheelbarrow is on my shopping list now.