Whether you have limited space in your garden or you just want to make the best use of your space, wide-row planting may be a good strategy for you. With traditional row planting, you follow a seed packet's instructions to plant a bunch of seeds at a certain distance from each other in a single row. Wide-row planting takes this concept and multiplies it so that you instead plant double, triple or larger rows of seeds. Carefully broadcast your seeds in a small area to achieve the same effect.
Select the area where you want to grow your plants. Use the seed packet's daily sun requirements to guide you.
Dig up the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Break any large clods of soil into small pieces. Mix compost into the soil at a ratio of 1 to 1.
Draw a stick through the soil in a straight line, at the planting depth specified on the seed packet. Draw the stick through a second line in the soil, at the plant spacing (not row spacing) and planting depth requirements specified on the seed packet. Draw additional lines as desired.
Sow the seeds in the furrows you have made with the stick. Follow the seed packet directions for plant spacing to determine how far apart seeds should be planted.
Broadcast seeds with minimal planting depths (1/4 inch or less), such as lettuces, across the area you wish to plant. Sprinkle carefully, and preferably when it is not windy out.
Cover the seeds with soil. Brush the soil gently over the seeds with your hand, then pat lightly into place.
Water the seeds in, using a mist or shower setting on your adjustable garden hose sprayer to avoid disturbing seeds or soil.