Not all seeds will germinate so we always start out planting more than is needed. Once you see the seedlings emerge -- and what has come up -- you need to make sure there is enough space between each plant so that they have ample room to grow to a healthy size. This means taking out the "extra" seedlings in between each plant. Otherwise, the plants will be too close together and will compete with each other. It's hard to thin but you must. Sometimes you can replant the seedlings that are removed, but they don't usually survive and most people don't bother; throw them in the compost to decompose.
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