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How to do Furrow Planting

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Furrow planting is a great way to plant small seeded crops such as corn, carrots and lettuce. Not only does furrow planting make weeding and crop thinning easier, it also allows for ease of harvesting. If you do want to plant vegetables in furrows, it is easy to do as long as you have the space in your garden to accommodate them. Planting in furrows also means you do not have to bend over and hurt your back.

Clear your garden’s soil of all weeds and large rocks.

Place two stakes at opposite ends of a row at least 6 feet apart from each other. Stretch a piece of string between the stakes and tie the ends to each stake, making a straight line.

Dig a trench into the soil between 1 ½ to 2 inches deep with the side of the hoe along the line of the string.

Sprinkle the seeds into the furrow, about 1 to 2 inches apart from each other.

Use the hoe to cover the seeds with soil, 1 to 2 inches deep, unless otherwise stated on the seed packet.

Water the seeds until the soil is moist.


Things You Will Need

  • Hoe
  • String
  • Stakes


  • Space each furrow 1 to 2 feet apart from each other so you can easily walk down the rows once the plants have grown in.


  • Furrow planting is not recommended for small space gardens because it is not an efficient use of space, according to Iowa State University.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.