I have been doing a wrong thing this year myself and doing quit well at it.
I planted lettuce and carrots THICK. I let them grow and instead of pulling off leaves of the lettuce I just pull plants. And the rest come into play later. Same with carrots. I have "thinned" harvested my carrots about 4 times this year, today being my last harvest. They keep getting bigger. I have a TON and I mean a ton of carrots still. I was pulling some good, big carrots today and quite a bit of them.
Thing is every time I go out and harvest "thin" my lettuce or carrots it makes room for the neighbor to get bigger and cycle continues.
I don't worry about transplanting just eating.
But really I planted carrots SUPER THICK. The first time I went out and thinned most went into the compost since they were teeny tiny. But I had to make room for the next one. I was ripping out handfuls at a time. They are still doing great. I may be getting bigger carrots if I panted exactly right, but younger carrots are more tender and who has time or the will to perfectly plant carrots seed.
Of course I have two fairly long rows of them not sure how many you have planted but in situation what I am doing is working great.