Am I the only one who feels like thinning seedlings is a form of murder? I’m all like ‘sorry little pea plant, but you’re too close to your neighbor, so you have to die’, and isn’t that a bit arbitrary? And murderous?
I mean, it’s my fault for planting too many seeds, and I know they’ll all do poorly if I don’t thin out the small ones, but it still stings. That plant wasn’t sick. It wasn’t struggling yet. Sometimes it wasn’t even small. But I picked it out for this arbitrary death through no fault of it’s own.
How is that fair?
And this is why I feel like a big meanie when I garden. Let’s not get started on squishing cut worms and such!
4 thoughts on “Thinning Seedlings Is Made of Tears”
I do feel the same, and have been know to only thin plants after (during?) a rain, and moving those gently pulled into a new row in another bed. Beets and carrots must be thinned, but most other things I let go. And I never thin peas. In fact I purposely seed them thickly and have never had a production problem. They like being close to their friends.
Oh, no! I could have left the peas then. -_- What do you do with lettuce? They’re next on the need-to-thin-out list. Can they grow close together?
Renee go look up carrot juice is murder
Ha! That’s an awesome song.
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