How to Properly Space Vegetable Gardens

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To properly space vegetable gardens, follow the instructions on the seed packets, leave plenty of space between larger plants, and leave only a few inches to a foot between smaller plants. Space out a vegetable garden to produce the best results with... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to properly space vegetable gardens. So when you set aside an area for a vegetable garden, it's such a joy and you can't wait to get those vegetables in because you know you're going to enjoy them all summer long... but how do you space them apart? And how do you know? Well here's a rule of thumb that I have found is to just read the packaging and to make sure and give the plant a lot space if it's a large plant like corn and just a little bit of space if it's a vine or a little plant like a sweet pea. If you have a plant like corn, you want to put them at least three feet apart because they make really big plants and if you space them too closely then they won't get enough sun and they won't mature correctly. And so the rule of thumb is plant them three feet by three feet in triangles at least because the look better in groups too and when they grow, they'll do a little bit better. So make sure... you can always set little squares out into your garden area and block it off by feet so you know where to plant them. That's the easy rule. So three feet in between the corn. And if you have a plant like peas which are much smaller, they only need to be three inches apart. And they need something to grab onto 'cause they're a vine, so just put in some string down and planting them three inches apart usually is good enough. A plant like spinach will make kind of a lettuce type head and you don't want those to be too close because they'll kind of push themselves out from each other, but plant those about four to five inches apart. And that way there's room for them to grow and they'll do really well. I've found with onions too only one to two feet apart is fine because they don't... they will develop lots of onions, but they're underneath the ground and they're like a bulb. They'll get crowded and they like to be crowded. So you can do those about a foot apart. With celery a trick too is to start the seeds and then you use like a milk carton or any kind of carton and put 'em over the seeds so as they grow, they'll stay straight up and make sure that you have at least one foot apart from each other because they need some room you don't want them to be pushing too closely. With tomatoes too, I always put them into tomato cages or make kind of a tepee so they can grow up that. So I always put them at least two to three feet apart because they do make quite large plants. The same with anything like a watermelon or a pumpkin, make sure 'cause it is a vining plant that takes up a lot of space... they can always have a lot of vines in one area, but make sure they're at least two feet apart. And when in doubt, you can always move plants too as they get crowded. And over seed a bit too, so always plant two to three seeds where you want one plant to start because they don't always all make it and then that way you can have a nice lush vegetable garden to enjoy all summer long.