Deans asks: Gardeners, do you feel sad when you have to thin your vegetable garden, like the little plants want to live?
I’m a beginner gardener. Last year was my first gardening attempt…and it was very successful. I hated, though, pulling up the little healthy sprouts in order to thin the veggies. Do y’all feel this way? I was just trying to think of where I could transplant those little healthy vegetable plants. I ended up tossing them in my wheel barrow full of junk.
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Answer by rmbrruffian
Survival of the fittest. Don’t just toss them aside, start a compost bin. The compost will be good soil amendment once it breaks down.
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Yes I do, I call all my gardening buddies and some time they can use them Good Luck
It’s an option that proves to be worthwhile, since a crowded set of little plants will not yield much fruit. You can avoid that somewhat by limiting your seeds to the proper amount when you plant. That is hard to do. With little seeds, you can mix them with sand. This allows you to space them better. Then also, you have the choice to pick the best plant out of those to grow. Yes, I feel the same way about it. I just thinned out my cantaloupes yesterday. Seems like all my little plants were healthy, but I had to do it, knowing that the remaining plants will yield a better harvest. Good luck with your gardening.
Try to find other veggie gardeners who may want some seedlings for their gardens, craigslist under farm and garden is a good place. I have adopted out some fig cuttings that way, and many people would love your seedlings.
Yes, I hated doing the same. Now I use a seed dispenser, it saves on thinning and seed waste.
The task of thinning is virtually less.