Peat Pots – Planting in Garden

Q: I am starting my vegetables from seeds, planting them in peat pots. When I plant them in my garden should I remove the pot?

A: Theoretically, the walls of the peat pot will decompose in the soil and the roots of your plants will grow through them. However, in my experience it’s better to remove as much of the pot as possible. The worst thing to do is to leave the rim of the pot exposed aboveground. There, it will wick moisture from the seedling and retard root growth.