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Thinning Tomato Seedlings


With spring arriving almost instantly this year, I had better get my seeds ready to begin hardening off. That means it's time for me to decide which seedlings live and which seedlings are headed for the compost bin.

Thinning seedlings is never fun and it can actually be depressing.

Here lie the fallen. They gave their lives so that their brothers could someday become part of a delicious tomato sandwich. Yummy, a little olive oil, salt and pepper, some basil, mmmmm...

What was I talking about again?

10 Comments:

  1. Colleen said...
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds thinning seedlings a little depressing :-)

    And now you've got me thinking about tomato sandwiches.....
    Anthony said...
    Did you say something about tomato sandwiches? Mmmmmm...
    :)
    Annie in Austin said...
    When you thin things like beets, you can throw the little leaves into a salad, but you can't eat leaves from nightshades... dang, Anthony, you made me want a tomato sandwich, too. I'll take mine with red onion.

    Annie
    Anthony said...
    Red onions? I'll have to try that variation. Thanks!

    And thankfully, my beets have sprouted so I'll be adding some of those little leaves to my salads soon.
    Yolanda Elizabet said...
    It's a tough job but somebody got to do it. ;-) I don't like it much either but it's that or lose most if not all of your seedlings.

    Tomato sandwiches, mmmmmmm!
    Ki said...
    I hate thinning. Which do you pick when they're equally robust? It's easy if one's a runt. But somehow pinching off a living plant goes against my grain. Huh? what's that about weeds? I guess I will never be a fully enlightened being.
    Blackswamp_Girl said...
    Oooh... I'm SO hungry for the first tomato sandwich for the season. And I'll have to try it now with red onion. And maybe some fresh basil leaves... ahh...
    Anthony said...
    Yolanda, I agree, it's a tough job but it must be done.

    Ki, if two are the same size I use the very scientific method that I like to call eeny meeny. :)

    Blackswamp_Girl, thanks for reminding me, I should probably start some basil.
    Ottawa Gardener said...
    New gardeners (myself included) often do not have the heart for thinning and have a field of tomato seedlings all carefully potted up to give to the neighbourhood... come to think of it I like new gardeners. I like them a lot. Come bring your extra seedlings to my house...

    Okay, back on track, it hurts me everytime but I am getting more immune to it.
    Anthony said...
    Ottawa Gardener, yes I wish there was a way to move the extras without disturbing the roots of the ones that you're keeping. Then the whole neighborhood could get plants from one packet of seeds.

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