Overplanting makes sure that we have good row coverage in the garden. Overplanting is especially helpful for plants which don’t transplant well, such as carrots. Once seedlings germinate in the spring, gardeners practice “thinning” to reduce the density of plants in the rows as it is an essential part of giving your strongest seedlings their best start.
Thinning will help remaining seedlings receive enough light, water, nutrients, and space to grow to their maximum potential. Thinning can be an ongoing process throughout the growing season and is best suited to root and leafy vegetables and herbs.