This is my first video so don’t judge me too harshly. I realize that some things are just better in a video than in writing. I often search for videos on very specific things and they are so useful. I remember a time when I was given 20 very unhealthy orchids that someone was going to throw away and I was determined to nurse them back to health. This was before I knew anything about them and what saved them (well about 25% of them if I am being honest) was the knowledge I picked up from the video!
I have been starting seeds in the same way since I built my greenhouse. I have made some small changes but all in all I have found a method that works and is cost effective. I love the jiffy pots I buy at Home Depot, they are really cheap and easy to work with. Anyway, I don't want to give too much of the video away so please do watch it and remember it is only my first one!
Why is thinning seedlings SO hard? I genuinely feel like I am killing a living thing when I do this. It seems so odd to deliberately plant 1 - 2 extra seeds only to rip them out of the soil once they start growing. When I start to feel the onslaught of guilt I always refer to the experts to feel better about the killing spree I am about to go on. Gardeningknowhow.com is a great source of the extra confidence I need at this time. They say ‘The practice of thinning plants is done to allow them plenty of growing room so that they can receive all the proper growth requirements (moisture, nutrients, light, etc.) without having to compete with other seedlings. When you thin seedlings, you’re also helping to improve the air circulation around them. Crowded plants limit air movement, which can lead to fungal diseases, especially if the foliage remains wet for extended periods.’
I do feel a little better when I see the remaining seedlings, they seem to have so much room. Additionally, I am putting the seedlings that I am thinning to good use. Just today I had to thin some basil plants. The plants that did not make the cut made a delicious addition to my tomato and avocado salad. Everything will be ok...
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