I hate to thin a row of veggie seedlings. It’s so difficult to toss them away after I’ve babied them along. I feel like I’m wasting food too. The combination leaves me feeling guilty and sad, like I’ve committed a gardening felony.
What To Do With Extra Seedlings
Before I knew any better, which really wasn’t all that long ago, I used to dump the extra seedlings from thinning rows into the compost bin. Now I do know better.
The extra seedlings from any greens I’m growing “” beets, carrots, radishes, cauliflower and broccoli, peas, squash, and cucumbers “” often make their way into the evenings tossed salad. Some are also delish on a sandwich!
For some reason this “save the seedling” mentally didn’t bleed into saving seedlings from the herbs, sunflowers, or nasturtiums I grow. Again, I don’t know why, I just never thought about it but all are edible seedlings as well.
Now the seedlings I eat are generally the micro-seedlings — still tiny. If I end up with too many larger seedlings, likely because I was too chicken to do a proper thinning, I give them to my neighbor, mother, and sister at which point they really are young plants ready to stand on their own and produce, well, produce.