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After the setback of  accumulated snow earlier in the week the weather has now become much sunnier and spring-like.

Tomato seedlings crowded two or three to a cell and starting to push out their first true leaves

Tomato seedlings crowded two or three to a cell and starting to push out their first true leaves

The tomatoes germinated at a much better rate than expected.  This means that I face one of the tougher moments in the gardening year.  Two or three seedlings cannot co-exist in a single cell.  They will compete for nutrients and water and end up killing each other.  More to the point it is very difficult (at least for amateurs gardeners of my level) to separate the delicate root systems and transplant these tiny siamese seedlings into separate containers.  The only solution I can see is to use a pair of scissors to remove all but the strongest seedling in each cell.  It is a amazing that each of these little guys will produce at least ten pounds of tomatoes if given the right growing conditions but similarly difficult to willfully destroy the seedlings that have nothing obviously wrong with them. (more…)

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Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Today, April 4, I sowed a packet of spinach seeds (Bloomsdale Long Standing) and a row of radish seeds (Cherry Belle).  They both went into the same type of rectangular black plastic container that houses the lettuce seedlings.

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