On Thinning the Radish Patch

May 4th, 2010

If I only pluck only the weakest seedlings.

Am I some kind of monster?

If I pick only the biggest seedlings?

Am I an idiot?

I dream of crispy radishes

Tender garden greens

Vinegar

Salt

Sugar

and Cream

But even the memory

Of last year’s feast

Cannot help me decide

Which seedlings

To kill.

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Photo of my FIL Joe with his radishes.  Joe struggles with thinning his seedlings too.

Comments

  • I can never bring myself to thin the herd. The seedlings are always identical in size, so I can’t choose. I just let them fight it out, let the best seedling win.

  • That reminds me… I need to thin mine out tomorrow too! I just pull up every other one.

  • Chris:

    Ah I know the feeling, to make more you must do with less…

  • Another Lee:

    It has taken me to age 45 to get a thick enough skin to thin seedlings! It still pains me, but at least I can do it now. I finally learned that they ALL die if I don’t thin.

    But I still whisper “sorry” while I’m doing it.

  • Boz:

    “I dream of crispy radishes”

    weirdo

    :p

  • I only just did this with my tomatoes. It felt…. wrong lol. I am hoping there is a noticeable difference for doing this or what’s the point??

  • Kind of reminds me of what I need to do with some of my Facebook “friends”….EFH

  • Boz – “I dream of crispy radishes… weirdo” is my new header slogan… thingy.

  • M.R.:

    I don’t have anything to say other than that I wanted to click the “Like” button for this one.

  • MisterGee:

    I love the new header slogan thingy. Boz, could you do a song about crispy radishes in the Boz Skaggs style? Now that would be wierd, Boz.

  • I like the new slogan!

  • Mary:

    This is just lovely.

  • LucyJoy:

    You can always toss the ones you pull into a salad…Mmmm!

  • AC:

    I do not care for
    radishes; I planted none
    in my home garden.

  • Boz:

    haha!

    thanks for using my quote rechelle

  • So I just thinned out some tomato and eggplant seedlings (in pots in my window sill) and wouldn’t you know, overnight I accidently locked the cat IN with instead of outside of the office with said seedlings. Now I have to see if they can make a comeback from being chewed to nubs. Asshat cat.