In my second year of growing food, I can now recognize a few plants (big thrill there), I'm growing only container-sized varieties of plants, and I've added a few more containers. Also, this time I'm just growing my favorites. That means no more peppers or zucchinis, though they performed splendidly in their maiden year.
Above from left to right are the herbs I really eat, mainly basils and mints, cucumbers being trained to grow up the privacy screen, and two large planters of patio tomatoes. Below are the cantaloupe, eggplant and watermelon. Earlier in the season there were sugar snap peas and assorted lettuces.
How to Thin for Maximum Yield
Here's what I'd like to know. See the square brown container on the right? It holds two eggplant plants and I wonder: Would the yield be greater with just one in that container? Same question regarding the two cucumber plants I have growing in a similar container. In order words, am I thinning seedlings the right amount, or not enough?