Wide-Row Planting


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.

Step 1

Select the area where you want to grow your plants. Use the seed packet's daily sun requirements to guide you.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Cover the seeds with soil. Brush the soil gently over the seeds with your hand, then pat lightly into place.

Step 7

Water the seeds in, using a mist or shower setting on your adjustable garden hose sprayer to avoid disturbing seeds or soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Stick
  • Garden gloves
  • Garden hose with adjustable sprayer


  • Hume Seeds: Wide-Row Vegetable Gardening
  • National Gardening Association: Wide Row Planting for Beans
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Wide-Row Planting
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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication CarEnvy.ca. Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.