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Garden Planner: Planning Your Garden (Pt. 2) – Laying Out the Rows

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Spring is finally here! In part one, “Planting Schedule,” I decided which vegetables I’m going to plant and when to plant them. Due to the sudden downpour of rain we had for two weeks straight, my planting schedule got pushed back (grr!). Now it’s time to place seeds in my garden. I want to get the most use out of my 6′ x 12′ garden space, so it’s important to know how much space each plant needs in order to grow.

First, I wrote down each vegetable I will be planting, how deep they need to be planted and how much space needs to be placed between them.

  • Radishes – depth of 1/2 inch  –  1 inches apart
  • Potatoes – depth of 4 inches – 1 foot apart
  • Onions – only bury the bottom third of the bulb – 5 inches apart

A clever way to plan your rows of vegetables before planting them is to use twine. I cut a string of twine that spans the full length of my garden (12 feet). Then I took my measuring stick to tie the twine at the proper intervals.

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Planning Your Garden (Part 2) - Image 2


If I find the layout doesn’t work, all I have to do is untie the twine and remeasure. Most likely, you won’t get it right on the first try, so it’s a good idea to use the string method instead of planting as you go. If you’d like to measure out the space between seeds within a row, just take a black marker, and using a ruler, mark the twine at every seed interval. This will make planting easy! The marker method is great for people growing many varieties of plants because then you don’t have to read the back of the seed packet every 5 minutes.

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Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Plant your rows parallel to the direction the sun takes daily. This means from east to west.
  • Along with that, plant your taller vegetable plants in the row furthest from the sun. This will ensure that your whole garden receives an equal amount of sunlight all day long. I made the mistake last year of planting my rows perpendicular to the sun. In the evening, my tomato plants were blocking sunlight from the rest of the garden.


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Kayley Wagner
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During the spring of 2012, I had the urge to start a vegetable garden. From my first bean plant, which perished prematurely when I was six, to my little pine tree, which didn’t survive the first three months in my college dorm room, I’ve wanted to prove that I inherited my Grandpa Mount’s green thumb. Even though I chose to start my garden during the longest drought in Indiana history in decades, my plants managed to produce a few tomatoes and radishes. This gave me the motivational drive to do what I can to learn gardening.

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