Seed Swaps

Thinning Ouch - Part 2

15 Oct 2011
Cloudy 27°C / 81°F

So in my previous journal on Thinning Out , the end result was I thinned out my Suagrloaf Cabbage and Basil to 1 plant per cell.

Now I come to the dilema, of what the heck do you do for those plants which have tiny seed that is sown by the thousands, and come up as hundreds of microplants?

This picture in particular is of my Thyme, but it’s the same for Marjoram and many others. Surely you don’t go labouriously through cutting out to 1 plant in each cell, do you?




If you notice in the gardening centers they present most plants in bunches.Thyme is meant to grow that way,usually grown as a ground cover preferably on a mound where it will gro and crawl to make some spectacular ground bunches.Marjoram I have put in hanging baskets and have had good results.Constant trimming of these will increase growth.Your individual seperations are more for your lettuce heads etc.Your cilantros grow good at 4-8 per pot for as they seem to fall over and reroot to a single..Parsleys eventually form into a single plant but I keep them to 4-8 per pot.Basile will eventually grow to single plants but 4-5 in a large pot will give you a nice bunch to harvest when needed.Hint let one or two of each to bloom and flower to gain seeds from each generation that has been acclimated to your environment and growing techniques.Basils can be cut early and grow branches for a larger bush.Most basils if let by thierselves and not trimmed will bolt into flowers before you know it.Good Luck

Posted on 15 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Great advice from Kurt – I concur, don’t thin these – Yum thyme – one of my favourite herbs

Posted on 15 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Cool, thanks.

Posted on 15 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Well, you certainly don’t have any germination issues! For tiny seed where you don’t want clumps of plants (carrots for example), mix it with something to bulk out the volume and make thinly sowing easier. Fine sand is what is most often recommended, but I used ground coriander once when I was out of sand ;-)

Posted on 16 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Oh that’s right. I remember that now from my propagating book. In my rush to get things out and growing, I’m doing a few things backwards :)

Posted on 17 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

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