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Floyd
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PostSubject: To thin or not to thin?   Fri May 06, 2011 6:18 am

After I saw the tiny harmless seedlings growing together in their tiny liitle seedling pots, I just couldnt bring myself to thin the little buggers out and get rid of any...

So..I decided to keep the lot of them. Many say just keep the stronger ones but feeling a major adverse karmic reaction coming on I transferred all of them into individual pots.
As a result I now have 59 tomato plants and nowhere to put them!

However its easy to give the surplus plants away or take them to a local plant exchange. I feel a bit like the pope of the tomato seedling world..you know..every sperm (seedling) sacred!

Anyway this is how they started off



There were actually up to 5 seedlings in each pot in the end so I put them individually into these handy pot trays without wasting any when they got big enough




Here you can see some lettuce seedlings that were treated in a similar fashion


Lettuce or tomatoes anyone?

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PostSubject: Re: To thin or not to thin?   Fri May 20, 2011 8:11 pm

I certainly understand what you're saying, here, Floyd. I, too, have a tender heart and just can't help myself and try to save all my orticultural offspring!lol

I am a big fan of "Squarefoot Gardening" and do try to plant one seed per pot/space, but that always isn't so easy. Here's an example from my garden:

St. Anna Lettuce too thick in the bottom and transplants with more room.


EDIT: oops! the photo is not there....hmmmmm.



Needless to say, I now have lots of lettuce and swiss chard growing here and there because of my transplanting seedlings instead of tossing them into the composter.

RE-EDIT: Here it is!


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PostSubject: Re: To thin or not to thin?   Sat May 21, 2011 7:31 am

Yep.Why waste. You can set up local plant swapping sessions to give away your surplus.
Yum yum bigs bum.
I could just stuck my nose in those lettuces and scoff the lot!
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