When It’s Tomato Thinnin’ Time…

The second step in starting plants from seeds is the hardest one. Sure, it’s easy and exciting to plant the seeds, and then you sit back and watch your little baby plants go from minuscule shoots to thickets of towering seedlings (in this case, our Black Plum tomatoes):

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You get all excited as their first little baby leaves give way to their second set, in this case grown-up, recognizably tomato-y leaves:

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They actually smell like tomato plants!

Well, the next step is a terrible one — the thinning. We put three to four seeds in each section of the seedling trays, and at this point, we need to pick which one we love best and ruthlessly tear out the others. It’s surprisingly fun.

And here are the lucky survivors, ready to prove to us that our faith in them was not misplaced. Someday soon, they’ll be groaning under the weight of their massive crop:

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Grow, little tomatoes! Grow!

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5 responses to “When It’s Tomato Thinnin’ Time…

  1. Oh no! The thinned tomatoes! I’m so sad for them… Their potential yanked out by the roots without a chance…

  2. Their potential yanked out by the roots without a chance…

    They were probably diseased and deformed. It’s best this way. :P

  3. They were jumping out of the dirt, fighting to be the ones that sacrificed themselves for the greater good of the Maple Hoo Bounteous Bounty!

  4. It’s so sad… This has dashed my dreams of becoming a bounty grower. I guess I’ll just have to lie to the ones that make it about where their kin went. TO THE GREAT SEEDLING HEAVEN.

  5. I guess I’ll just have to lie to the ones that make it about where their kin went. TO THE GREAT SEEDLING HEAVEN.

    Yup! We tell the survivors that their brethren have gone to a big farm where they can run around all day…

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