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Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Mar 21, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Man alive! These suckers sprouted like crazy. It's savoy drumhead cabbage, and I may or may not was a little too heavy-handed on the sprinkling of seeds in the holes. I am currently growing them indoors under a light.

Do I need to thin these out? The little sprouts are so tiny yet so numerous... I'm concerned about overcrowding these peat pots.

Please advise!
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Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 21, 2015 5:27 PM CST
My copy/paste button is not working.

There is a lively discussion about heavy-handed sowing going on in the Ask A Questions Forum. Look for the thread started by GardenGoober titled 'Seed starting over-crowding help, please'.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Mar 21, 2015 6:26 PM CST
@GoBoldlyHomestead, Linda -- I would take a small pair of scissors and clip off the ones that are really close together, leave 2 or 3 per pot; unless you really want all of the plants; in that case, lift out a chunk of the soil with a clump of seedlings, carefully separate them, and plant so they're spaced out, making a hole in the potting medium and then gently packing it around the root. Gently holding them by a leaf is better than handling them by the stem. You may lose some of the seedlings, but if you take your time and are gentle it really isn't too hard to do. I've actually found that cabbage seedlings (and other Brassicas) do better for me when I reposition the seedlings so they are planted a little deeper than what they were at when they sprouted from the seeds.

Hope this is helpful -- and yes, as Greene said, check out this thread: The thread "Seed starting over-crowding help, please." in Ask a Question forum
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Name: Linda Richardson
Yellville, Arkansas (Zone 6b)
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GoBoldlyHomestead
Mar 21, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Thanks to you both -
Headed over to that thread now.

My raised outdoor bed will be their final resting spot, so I'll snip & save the best ones according to the space in their plot.

You guys rule.
Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very good together.

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Mar 21, 2015 7:32 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

"You guys rule."

No, but never afraid to jump in with our opinions... Smiling
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 21, 2015 8:53 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. I have been told that I rock but golly, I have never ruled. Rolling on the floor laughing
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