Thin seedlings for robust plants
Hardy annuals sown directly into borders should have germinated into robust seedlings now and will probably need thinning out.
Check their seed packets for the correct distances between each plant.
We need to thin out seedlings to give the remaining plants enough room to grow as they should.
Plants crammed too close together compete for light, air, water and nutrients, which may stunt their health and growth.
Close-growing also makes them more susceptible to pests and diseases and less able to survive them.
Seedlings grow better if they have enough space