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04:38 pm: pricking out
I had some space, and some leftover seed, so I seeded a fall crop of basil and two kinds of kale. The seed were two or more years old, so I seeded thickly. Now I have many kale seedlings and many many basil seedlings, waytooclosetogether. I should just thin them, but-- Think of what I could do with all that basil!

I could try to separate them and grow them all on. I could find more space. Pricking out seedlings is going to be a lot harder stooping over a bed than standing at a counter, and a lot lot harder when you're pulling the seedlings out of clayey soil instead of lovely loose seed starter, but-- I could at least try.

This is going to hurt.

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Date:July 9th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
With a foot-shovel, dig up a hunk of soil at a time, put it in a bucket to soak loose. The seedlings may float to the top, but anyway will be loose from teh soil.
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Date:July 10th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Thank you.
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Date:July 10th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
Let 'em fight it out. That way you'll know you're eating only the best.
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Date:July 10th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
I accidentally did something similar last year: instead of doing a 'horticultural' thinning, I did a kitchen one. Pinch out every second or third one a few times to use as microherbs in salads while they are small. Super tasty and you get to eat your mistakes!
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Date:July 13th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh nice idea!
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