tmstclaire
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Are these big enough to transplant? Or should I thin first?

This is round two of Traci's garden. Round one went ok; pickle worms got my cucumbers in a terrible way and I think they got my squash too. Anyhoo, I planted parris romaine, broccoli, grand rapids lettuce, and baby spinach and I guess I planted too many seeds in one hole and now I do not know if I should thin them or wait until the get bigger and transplant them. And if I thin them, should I clip them with scissors at the base as not to disturb the roots? I also have some green onions that I did not picture here. They seem so tiny to try and transplant just yet!

Thanks for all your help!

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tmstclaire
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Thanks Marlingardener! I know it is hard to tell from the pics but the largest of all the seedlings is the baby spinach. So I will try and pull and see what happens then resort to the scissors. They will not grow back after a snip will they?

I have a bunch of space left over for the broccoli. I did not know those got so big as in wide! But those are the ones that will need transplanting the most. The others I think I can thin. The romaine is growing the slowest. Almost makes me think some critter might already be up to no good messing with my babies...

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I did the same thing with my lettuce. Made a hole and put a bunch of seeds. They all sprouted and I had a mound of lettuce. Just yesterday I thinned them out they were all about 3-4 inches, some were smaller too. If you pull on them they come out really easy. You can even transplant them. It doesn't seem that the roots get damaged when you pull.

They are really shallow rooted. Yours looks small, I would maybe thin out about half then maybe as they get just a little bigger do the rest until you have one really good plant. All the ones I thinned out I made a salad out of it.

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