Posted by: soniahs | October 29, 2012

Thinning the sprouts

About 11 days after planting the bok choy, misome, and radish seeds, the seedlings were ready for thinning. The carrots were just starting to peep up above ground at this point. These photos are actually from about a week ago, so stuff is even larger now. But more on that later.

This first photo is blurry, but you get the idea. The bok choy sprouts are about an inch tall. We thinned them to about 2″ apart. This is still probably too close, but we wanted to try to harvest some intermediate-sized ones. Because baby bok choy is delicious.

Bok choy sprouts, all in a row. (Photo: Y. Fernandez)

While one of the rows of radishes + carrots is growing quite well, the other two rows seem to be getting a slower start. This could be for any number of reasons- most likely watering issues, but also possibly because bugs have been eating the seeds in one part of the garden (fire ants will sometimes do this). You can see the vigorous row contouring the edge of the plot. The other two rows should be near the bottom of the photo.

You can also see that the collard greens that we planted as seedlings are doing well. The remaining eggplants actually seem to be doing better now that they’ve been fertilized and had weeds removed. You can’t see in this photo, but they have quite a few blooms.

Radish and carrot sprouts. (Photo: Y. Fernandez)

While thinning plants is somewhat sad (though I’m sure we’ll get over this), the benefit was getting to eat the thinned sprouts! Here’s the pile of sprouts that became destined for eating sooner, rather than later. We did not share with Noe this time, though she’ll certainly get to share later.

Fresh microgreens!



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