Depends on how far apart you plant the seeds. Most directions suggest planting too close (but I think that is just so the seed companies can sell more seeds). Some of the seeds are so tiny, that it is hard not to overplant. If you plan to harvest some "young" plants, then thinning will give you that produce. If not, add them to the compost. I try to me more conservative and space the seeds further apart, but it is not always successful.
agree, Usually just the small seeds or multiple seeds. Carrots, beets, leaf lettuce etc almost always need thinning. Beans, peas, corn almost never. Wide spaced plants like watermelons and cantaloupes are usually planted with extra seeds in the hill to insure a good stand, then the surplus is thinned.
The only indoor veggies that I know are grown for transplants, ie cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers etc. These are removed from the seedling trays, transplanted into larger containers, and then placed in their final outdoor destination when they attain suffient size. The concept of thinning does not compute for me here, Thinning for me is for direct seeded plants.
Do you have some plasic containers with a lot of seedlings competing with each other for space? If so it's time to 'pot-up' into styrofoam cups or something where they can each have their own space to get larger. The rule I used was to move them when they got their first or second set of true-leaves or when they were shading each other out. Tomatoes and Peppers specifically need more room since theyre such big plants. If you don't have enough room for all the seedlings, you can just pot up the ones you have room for. For herbs like mint, catnip and oregano I generally put 2 plants into a cup, pot or whatever and they seem to do fine.
You can just use a scissors and cut off the stems on some of them too and leave just a few plants to grow bigger, but this won't work as well because transplanting them encourages more root growth.
Also, if you're thinning things with edible leaves like lettuce cut or snip some of the plants and eat them. I had a nice snack while thinning a flat of lettuce plants. ( I was stupid to grow lettuce for transplant, grew like weeds and was a pain to transplant out into the garden.)
Farmerdill...my apologies. I am trying so hard to do everything right...I think my gourd is screwed on a little too tight.
You're right, you're absolutely right. And I have no earthly idea where I got that you had to thin out seedlings. But I'm glad you put my mind to rest because I've been searching high and low for more info on that, not to mention staring at my seedlings, trying to decide which ones to give the ole heave ho to... What a relief. Whew.
Well, I am very bad at sowing small seeds. I just don't have the dexterity or patience for it so there was a ton of small plants and they aren't like my cabbage or tomatoes, they're just very delicate and hard to grab on to.
I've done some outside and I messed them up too, but outside I can let them get to a decent size and just eat them:)