Thinning

Thinning

apples-need-thinned.jpgFor some it might be a dreaded word but the time has come…to get it done.

Thin those apples! Thin that corn! Thin those cukes! Thin the squash!

It breaks my heart and I know it breaks yours too. After all, you spend all that time and heart when preparing and planting and finally get to see some yield-and Flora says “Rule 1: Time to pull those plants!”

But don’t pull them all.

Of course, the purpose of thinning is to give your fruits and veggies needed room to grow to their largest, sweetest and best capacity. After all, it is much like giving birth to twins or multiples and having one being the smallest of all. The one with the most access to oxygen and nutrition grows the best so you don’t want to ruin your whole crop by refusing to weed a few out.

As mentioned in an earlier post, why not try and plant them elsewhere if it makes you feel better? Sometimes it works.

The apple tree above is in my front yard and the cluster needs reduced by at least 4-5 apples. In particular, the ones super close to each other need to go. This is the picture before we thinned yesterday and of course, my youngest had to taste and eat half of a thinned apple, even though I explained that it might make his stomach hurt (it did).

So that’s a second rule: don’t eat what you thin. They aren’t near ripe enough.

For most veggies in the ground, thin so that plants are 1-3 inches apart. As we discussed earlier in the week, if they are in containers, you can often get away with more plants closer to each other.

Questions? Please ask. Happy thinning!

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