Root vegetables grow best when they are direct seeded in your garden. Most gardeners seed a bit more plants than they actually need as germination is never 100%. When the seeds start to grow, thin out your seedlings so they are not too crowded and compete for space both above and below ground. Root veggies planted too close together will not form proper bulbs.

To thin your veggies, take a pair of scissors and cut the seedlings you wish to thin just above the soil line. Keep your beet and radish sprouts and eat them raw right out of the garden or put them in your salads for a delicious zing. We recommend waiting until seedlings have at least two sets of leaves before thinning. Leave the strongest looking plants and thin radishes and carrots to be about 3-4″ apart. Thin beets to about 4-6″ apart.

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