One heartbreaking thing about seed-starting is those cute little green babies are just crying out for your love and care.
I say, get out the scissors.
Seriously: if you sow more than one seed per pot, you’ll need to thin them out to ensure that someone has the best opportunity for growth. You might be tempted to pull out the weaklings, but stop yourself. Their roots are most likely intertwined, and you’ll damage the survivor. So just give the to-be-thinned ones a snip!
And then, of course, you can eat them. (Maybe not the tomatoes, though.)
I tend to oversow old seed, like these Early Purple Sprouting broccoli pictured above. I will let the spared few get another inch taller before I transplant them into bigger pots…or into the greenhouse itself. (These guys can take the cold nights in the greenhouse.)
Another seedling tip: I use water from my edible sprouts to water them. No sense in letting those nutrients go down the drain. What, you’re not woo-woo enough to grow your own sprouts? Then use the water you used to steam your veggies or soak your beans! Dilute it 2:1 first, though.