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Plant spacing versus row spacing

15 years ago

I'm about to start my 3rd year gardening in a series of raised beds. Two beds are 3' X 24', and one is 4'X6'.

As I've gained some experience and confidence from the past 2 years I'd like to plant more crops, so I want to maximize my space. I'm wondering why spacing between ROWS is generally recommended to be so much more than spacing between individual plants?

For example, my corn seeds packet says sow 6-10" apart in rows 2-3' apart. Or, snap peas 2" apart in rows 24" apart. You've all seen this before in seed packages, books, extension guides, etc.

So, why so much more space needed between rows?


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