So, as I’ve previously mentioned, I tend to get a little carried away when planting seeds. This year I really overplanted a couple of spring crops, including radishes.
One way to prevent this problem is to use seed tape. This is paper with seeds placed at exactly the right spots. You just plant the whole thing, and everything comes up in the right place. You can make your own, or buy it, which is what I did.
Here’s what it looks like:
And here’s what it looks like now. Good work seed tape!
But to appreciate why this is so helpful for overzealous seeders like me, here’s a photo where you can compare and contrast. At the bottom of the photo, you can see the nice neat row of spinach (used seed tape). At the top of the photo you can see the crazy, overcrowded radish tops (just tossed the seed out there.)
On the other hand, this is not all bad. I’ve since thinned the radishes, and I got a whole bunch of radish greens, which I cooked and ate. (And just in case you’re thinking– wait, you can’t eat radish greens!– no really, you can. Here is a link to an actual recipe.)
So did I plant too many radishes too close together? Yes. But luckily it wasn’t a total waste.