Three types of planting in rows are most common in planning the layout of a vegetable garden.
Single row planting is the most conventional way to plant vegetables. Seeds or plants are set in one row. Rows are arranged in a parallel lines.
This approach is practical for vine crops that you want to grow vertically, such as pole beans and trellised peas.
In addition, corn and tomatoes typically are planted in single rows, allowing the corn to pollinate easily and for tomatoes to spread upward and outward when staked.
Wide row planting is a garden layout method used to maximize space.
Rather than planting a single row of seeds or plants, you cluster vegetables in strips or blocks that are up to six feet wide.
Wide rows work best for vegetables that are harvested over time, such as lettuce, spinach, and green beans, rather than crops harvested in a short period of time such as corn.
Wide row planting is growing more popular among gardeners in warmer climates who discover its many benefits during long summer months.
The wide-swath approach to planting in rows also widespread among those who have small gardens and want to be as productive as possible. Wide row planting can produce as much as six times the yield as the same space when planted with single rows.
Layout rows so they are no more than 6 feet wide so that you can reach the innermost plants from the outside. Rows can be as long as you desire.
A raised bed is built on top of your regular garden plot, elevating the garden space above its regular level.
Raised beds have numerous advantages. By building a raised bed, you can easily correct the soil and allow for better drainage. Soil warms more quickly in the spring and cools later in the fall. A raised bed is also easier to maintain since it requires little to no tilling and less weeding than a regular garden. Because a raised bed is usually smaller than a standard garden plot, you will find it easier to harvest vegetables.
On this minus side, raised beds have limited space.
Growing tomatoes in raised beds is one of the easiest and
practical options to planting in rows. We've got a whole FAQs page about starting a raised bed vegetable garden. And check out more ideas for raised beds on our Raised Beds for Tomatoes Pinterest board.
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