Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thinning vegetable seedlings

Thinning overcrowded seedlings is essential following germination. Seedling competition will set back your crop and delay harvest. Some people prefer to thin partially as a hedge against possible later seedling losses. Whether you thin partially or completely to final spacing, do thin. The following photo log provides tips and tells you how. Note that these photos picture thinning for a wide bed or Block style layout, not a row. Wide bed planting results in a greater harvest for your efforts.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this detailed and photo-including info. First-time vegetable gardener, planted from seeds, everything's come up great (except the broccoli, oh well), but I wasn't sure about exactly what was involved when it came to the "thinning" step (aside from assuming that I'd need to pull some stuff up to make room for the strongest plants, like "thinning the herd"). Probably should've thinned last week or the week before, but better late than never, I guess.