The Q&A Archives: "thinning Carrots"

Question: How and when should you "thin" carrot and beet seedlings? I have planted a row of seeds (3 ft approximately each) and am starting to see many sprouts which seem overcrowded. As a first time gardener I need some advice. Thanks.

Answer: You can pull them as soon as they are large enough to get a grip on. You can eat the beet thinnings whole, and once the carrots are large enough to bother with the little baby carrots are edible, too. You will want to make sure the soil is moist before you pull them because this minimizes the root disturbance to the ones that are left. Thin periodically so that there is enough room for the remaining plants to continue developing without crowding each other. Start with leaving about half an inch between plants and work from there.

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