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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden in Rows

By Jarrett Man ; Updated September 21, 2017

Growing vegetables in rows allows a gardener or farmer to control the spacing and it helps to get rid of weeds. Use a raised bed system when planting a vegetable garden in rows with help from an organic farmer in this free video on vegetable gardening and horticulture.


Hi I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and this is how to grow vegetables in rows. Growing vegetables in rows has a couple of advantages. One is that you can control the spacing relatively easily because you can mark it out and you can see pretty clearly that the spacing is correct and the other advantage is for weeding purposes. Quickly take out weeds that are not within that row and leave in only the plants that are in that row to make sure that you are not killing all the things that you planted. To plant in rows the best thing to do is to form sort of a raised bed system like we have here, pull up the sides and make sure that your bed has plenty of tilth and fluff. Make sure it is nice and smooth so that you can clearly see what you are working with. If you have one of these common garden seeders these are really helpful for planting in rows because they very quickly run over the soil. They put the plants down within the row at just the right spacing and very quickly and accurately. If you don't have one of these garden seeders then you could use some sort of tool just to mark out a row and then come through after with your seed and sprinkle it in. If you are planting larger plants, larger fruiting plants like zucchini or tomato or something like that then you could just mark out the row and then come through after with a garden trowel and measure out spacings for whatever plant you are doing. Different plants have all sorts of different spacings so check the seed packet to see what the most appropriate spacing is. Once it is in the row you can put your seeds in there, recover it up with an inch or so of soil and water them in to make sure that the seeds germinate properly. The other advantage of planting in rows is that you know exactly where to water. It is very efficient, you don't have to water the entire area and it will save you time. I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and that is how to plant vegetables in rows.


About the Author


Jarrett Man created and runs Stone Soup Farm, an organic vegetable and fruit operation in Belchertown, Mass.