Do I really have to thin my tomatoes?
I'm a first time gardener, not just SFG, but any kind of gardening. I jumped into this without adequate study. I made mistakes. I am now beginning to understand that what I did was likely 100% wrong.
I have two 8 foot by 4 foot SFG planters built from stacked 2x8's, so there is about 14 or 15 inches of planting mix (similar to Mel's, but I didn't find any vermiculite). 32 squares per planter, 64 in all.
I transplanted my tomato seedlings to my SFG a month ago. I devoted 20 squares to tomato plants. I have anywhere from two to eight tomato plants in any given square foot. Is this too many?
I am horrified at the idea of having to kill some of them. Do I really have to? How do I safely remove some of them if I really really have to do it? The plants roots are already all mingled together. The vines are really close to each other.
I don't want to kill any plants if I don't have to. Help?