Sad Selection Sunday

It was a sad day this past Sunday. One of the harder days in the garden comes each year about this time.  This year is was Sad Selection Sunday.  Normally, this happens in March and everyone is excited to see who gets to go to the big dance.  This Selection Sunday is unfortunately about who gets to live.  Hmm, this is getting a bit morbid.  Maybe I should have went with a Survivor analogy instead.  Who stays and who gets kicked off the island… err.. kicked out of the garden.

The selection taking place is to thin out the zucchini and squash.  I always throw a few more seeds into the ground each spring just to make sure I get at least one good plant per spot.  The hard part comes when two or three of the seeds all germinate, sprout and start growing into nice healthy plants.  In years past, I was not strong enough to make the hard decisions and tried to let them all stay on the island. That never worked out well in the end as they quickly became overcrowded and no one was happy.  The past couple years I have been better about following the rules and reducing the number of plants down to the number suitable for the space.  Once Sad Selection Sunday was over, I was down to just two zucchini and four yellow squash plants.  If I can keep out the pesky vine borers this year, that will be more than enough.

Two too many zucchini

Two too many zucchini

Multiple yellow squash in each spot

Multiple yellow squash in each spot

The surviving zucchini

The surviving zucchini

One squash each

One squash each

The sad plants getting kicked from the garden.

The sad plants getting kicked from the garden.

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One thought on “Sad Selection Sunday

  1. I hate thinning so much. I, too, have learned it’s just easier to sow fewer seeds but many seeds will still give you two plants from one seed (beets and swiss chard come to mind) so sometimes there’s just no getting around it. At least you can eat many thinnings, though I don’t believe I’ve ever had squash or zuchhini leaves – might be worth a try, though!

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