sowed broccoli seeds directly into ground...too many!

srg215(6b nj)April 18, 2012

i have a bunch of seedlings started indoors but decided to sow some directly into the garden as well. the seeds are so tiny & dark that i guess i didn't realize how many i had sprinkled. i now see like 20 germinated sprouts close together in each square foot of space (i used 2 square feet for the broccoli). at what point do pull some out? do i pull out all but one per square?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You can thin seedlings at just about any time depending on how careful you are. Some prefer to wait until they are at least 1" tall just because they are easier to separate.

If you have fat thumbs and fingers like me I prefer using snips to thin rather than pulling them as it doesn't disturb the roots of the others that I'm leaving.

As to how many to leave per square, that's a sq. foot gardening issue so they would know best. 1 per sq. foot sounds about right to me but in really fertile soil some would probably try to squeeze in 4.

Good luck with you broccoli. I hope the weather cooperates with you planting it this late.

Dave

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