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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