Thinning Seedlings Is Made of Tears

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?

It’s not.

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

  1. 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.

    1. 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?

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