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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Thinning young vegetables.

15 May 2010 09:39:58
When picking off the plants from a row to thin out to required length apart,this is usually done so around the third-leaf stage.Spacing is of great importance.Some close enough,others a certain distance.Transplanting with some of the plants can be tried again.The likes of Turnips,Swedes,are a waste of time to try them when thinned out.Lettuce can be tried and in most cases will survive.Some though,not to happy about the move.Successional sowings [little and often] solve that problem.Chinese cabbage need enough of the root on them when moving.[Not to happy with the move either,and hate being touched on the roots.]

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Diana Diana 15 May 2010 11:08:44

Thanks again John.


Myrtle Myrtle 15 May 2010 18:36:33

Looking at your photos John, you have got the job done in time for the mild weather starting, that should bring up the seed for you.


LNolan LNolan 15 May 2010 19:57:11

I normally dont have to bother with thinning out John. Usually i go to the bother of spacing out the seeds when i'm sowing so it does away with the thinning process later on. I know it can be tedious picking out one tiny seed at a time, but it can save time in the long run. The downside is that sometimes you can have uneven spacings and gaps in rows where an odd seed hasn't germinated. To avoid this happening, maybe its better to sow close together and thin out later. Probably down to preference.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 May 2010 07:36:04

Your welcome Diana.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 May 2010 07:36:19

Thanks Myrtle.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 May 2010 07:41:37

Thats for sure Liam.Down to preference.Some of the seedlings are also just nipped off not to upset the ground.The likes of carrot seedlings removed are always left into the middle or the compost heap or well under cover.Carrot fly will sense them if left on the top of the compost head and get another attraction  to feast.


unagrant unagrant 17 May 2010 12:18:56

Great advise once again, my turnip and sweed are nearly ready for thinning out.  First year doing both.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 May 2010 21:59:01

Thanks Una.Good luck with all your veg,plans..


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