I visited my plot the other day to do some weeding and noticed that the beetroots were coming along nicely but they could do with a bit more room inbetween them to spread out. I got out my trusty hand fork and thought that the transplants would make at least 2 additional rows and this would save me having to sow more seeds. After I had finished thinning them out, I had actually made 4 more rows from the thinnings that would generally have been discarded.
While I was on a roll, I decided to give the turnips the same treatment. They looked a little overcrowded and were screaming to be allocated a little more room. They looked a little sorry for themselves after I had moved them, but within a few days they will have perked up no end, grateful for the extra room to spread out.
I mentioned what I had done to Andy about thinning them out and to my surprise he said that he had been thinning them out recently and had thrown the unwanted plants away!!!
Well, I truly believe that if a plant has taken the time and effort to grow then who am I to discard it completely! My mission is to grow as much as we can to provide for our families but if we dispose of perfectly good plants then that defeats our purpose.
The beetroots and turnips are now replanted into additional rows around the plot and will grow quite happily now that they have room to breathe!