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Post  brainchasm on 3/17/2013, 1:38 am

So, I planted my first box some bit ago, and I have things sprouting left and right.

My question is, for example, my radishes, which I planted 16 to a square, 2 or 3 seeds per hole:

Once they are up, am I supposed to prune/cull it down to one plant in each seed location? I don't mean culling from 16 to 1, but each one of my sixteen spots has two or three plants coming up...I can't imagine radishes growing grouped on top of each other like that (or many plants, for that matter), and I would think singling them down would reduce competition for resources.

Yes? No? Only for some?

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Post  southern gardener on 3/17/2013, 1:48 am

Yes, you can cull them down to 16 per square. Take a pair of scissors, and cut off the extra seedlings, so that there are only 16 left. If you try and pull out the extras, sometimes you end up ruining all of the seedlings...scissors is the way to go! good luck!!
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Post  brainchasm on 3/17/2013, 1:50 am

@southern gardener wrote:Yes, you can cull them down to 16 per square. Take a pair of scissors, and cut off the extra seedlings, so that there are only 16 left. If you try and pull out the extras, sometimes you end up ruining all of the seedlings...scissors is the way to go! good luck!!
Perfect, thanks southern gardener! I have the scissors handy, and I was thinking culling was the right thing, but I just wanted a little confirmation.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/17/2013, 8:51 am

Am I correct in remembering, Mel has stated not to sow excess seeds as there is no need to do it, and wasteful...?
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Post  camprn on 3/17/2013, 9:25 am

@jimmy cee wrote:Am I correct in remembering, Mel has stated not to sow excess seeds as there is no need to do it, and wasteful...?
We all do what we gotta do. I often sow extra seed in anticipation of some plants failing before maturity. Mel does offer a planting guide and suggestions but there are no hard and fast rules beyond taking the growing requirements of the plants into consideration.

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Post  walshevak on 3/17/2013, 7:01 pm

The scissors idea comes directly from the book, so I expect Mel was expecting the need to plant 2 seeds to a hole in case 1 didn't germinate. What he was talking about was planting 3 or 4 seeds or broadcasting seed in a square and then having to thin them. Although I do broadcast lettuce seed and eat the little thinings.

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Post  camprn on 3/17/2013, 8:51 pm

@walshevak wrote:The scissors idea comes directly from the book, so I expect Mel was expecting the need t Although I do broadcast lettuce seed and eat the little thinings.

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