The Q&A Archives: Thinning Commonly-Grown Vegetables

Question: While ill, I purchased many Burpee vegetable seeds, at Wal*Mart, and put them into the ground without markers or keeping the information. I vauguely remember one of the packages saying not to thin the plants, when they come through the ground. I purchased and planted: beets, radishes, baby carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons and green beans. Which of these are not supposed to be thinned? Thanks for your help. Pam Tweedie Pawtucket, RI

Answer: You need to thin beets, radishes and carrots to about 3-4 inches apart, cucumber to 12" apart, beans to 2-3 inches apart and watermelons and pumpkins to 2-3 feet apart. Go take a look and see what needs thinning and what you can leave as is. Have fun!

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