Meritocracy in action: thinning seedlings

Before
After (poor seedlings…)

As predicted when I sowed seeds into my only propagator with my two year old GarlicBoy, some of the smaller ones (in this case, French Marigolds) did get spread around a bit. So given that here at Garlic Towers, we like to see hard-working seeds succeed, we had to thin them out a bit. I have to admit that this is something I’ve never liked doing. I always feel that it’s a waste of plants. In the past I’ve given in to the temptation of just a couple more plants, but I’ve never had space for them, so they’ve all remained small and stunted. So this year I’m determined to be strict. Only the strong survive and to give them the space they need, the rest are just going to have to fall by the wayside. It really feels dreadful though. Poor poor seedlings! I felt better, however, when a bit of searching revealed the much slower “Hundredweight” pumpkin are finally starting to germinate. Hurrah!

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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