Everyone loves a full and rich vegetable garden. And so, it might be tempting to really pack your plants in tight and achieve a full and luscious look. However, while it might be visually appealing, the health of your vegetable plants can be hurt if not spaced properly. Plants need room to breathe and grow just like people, so knowing how much space your vegetable plants needs is important. Proper vegetable garden spacing is not only simple to do, but can make a huge difference in your yield!
Take a few moments to consider your vegetable garden spacing, as it really makes a huge difference!
Here are some tips to help you properly space your vegetable garden:
Planting vegetables too closely together can lead to several different problems:
- The vegetables will fail to reach size.
- Plants and vegetables planted too close and tight are prone to disease.
- Closely planted vegetables will suffer from decreased air circulation.
- Root growth is often affected.
To avoid overcrowding and the issues listed above you need to remember these tips:
- Root veggies need between 2 and 12 inches of space.
- Smaller, leafy vegetables need 4-6 inches of space.
- Large vegetables need more room to grow. So vegetables such as eggplant and corn need 1-2 feet between them.
If you are just starting to garden, you might wish to stick to row gardening since it is easier to manage space this way. Vegetables when done in row gardens can be planted in even rows, with different vegetables in alternating rows. These rows pretty much take the guess work out of spacing for you, as rows can keep a vegetable garden open helping prevent disease. Rows also make it easier to weed and even simpler to harvest your plants.
Vegetable garden spacing does not need to be difficult or time consuming, but it does need to be part of your garden planning process. It can be what makes or breaks your garden, so take a few minutes to identify the needs of your plants and be sure that they have the room and space they need to thrive!