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Spacing Vegetables

Spacing vegetables is as important as properly preparing the soil in your garden. Herbee has put together this simple guide for you to use whether you are planning a spring, summer, or fall vegetable garden.

There are three important aspects when putting seeds into the ground.

  1. Inches between plants
  2. Inches between rows
  3. Depth of seeds in inches

It is important to realize how deep you plant the seeds will depend on their size and the kind of plant. There are also a few ways to plant seeds into the ground. You can sow them directly into the ground in a single row, or a wide row.


Single Row

Single row planting is the most popular way to plant a garden. Properly spacing vegetables such as beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce, and mustard, will improve your yield at harvest time.

Wider Row

Wider row vegetables will produce a larger amount of vegetables than single-rowed planting. You will want to put your larger specimens in the wider row.

Inverted Hill

An inverted hill is made by forming a circle and taking out an about an inch of dirt around the outside of the circle. The inverted circle allows water to catch in the shallow depression, and will force the water to feed the plants. This will alleviate the seeds or plants from washing away.


Most Popular Vegetables People Are Planting

  • Asparagus - 12 to 18 inches apart, 48 to 60 inches between rows, and seeds one to one and a half deep.

  • Snap Or Green Beans - Bush beans are two to thee inches apart, 18 to 24 between rows, and seeds one to one and a half deep. Pole beans are 4 to 6 inches apart, 30 to 36 inches between rows, and seeds one to one and a half inches deep.

  • Whole Broccoli Bunch
  • Beets - 2 to 3 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and seeds are one inch in deep.

  • Broccoli - 3 inches apart, 24 to 36 between rows, and seeds a half inch deep.

  • Carrots - 2 to 4 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and seed one forth inch deep.

  • Cauliflower - 18 to 24 inches apart, 24 to 36 between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Collards - 12 inches apart, 18 to 24 between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Corn - 2 to 4 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and seeds one to one and a half inches deep.

  • Eggplant - 18 to 24 inches apart, 24 - 36 inches between rows, and seeds one forth inch deep.

  • Horseradish - 24 inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one forth inch deep.

  • Kale - 8 to 12 inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Lettuce - 6 to nine inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one eighth inch deep.

  • Mustard - 18 to 24 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and one inch deep.
  • Okra - 6 to 12 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Onion - Sets- 2 to 3 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and one to two inches deep. Seeds - 1 to 2 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and seeds one forth inch deep.

  • Black-Eyed Peas - 2 to 4 inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Shelling Peas - 8 to 12 inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half deep.

  • Pepper - 6 to 8 inches apart, 24 to 36 between rows, and seeds one inch deep.
  • Irish Potato - 12 to 24 inches apart, 24 to 36 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Sweet Potato - 12 to 18 inches apart, 36 to 48 inches between rows, and seeds three to five inches deep.

  • Radish - 1 to 6 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Spinach - 2 to 4 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • New Zealand Spinach - 12 inches apart, 24 to 36 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep.

  • Tomato - 18 to 24 inches apart, 24 to 48 inches between rows, and seeds one half in deep.

  • Turnips - Greens - 2 to 3 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds one half inch deep. Roots - 3 to 4 inches apart, 12 to 24 inches between rows, and one half inch deep.

Herbee's High Five (or Six) Tip: Few Veggies For Inverted Hills


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  • Cucumbers - 12 inches apart, 18 to 24 inches between rows, and seeds a half inch deep.

  • Muskmelon - 6 to 12 inches apart, 12 to 18 inches between rows, and seeds one eighth inch deep.

  • Pumpkin - 12 to 18 inches apart, 36 to 48 inches between rows, and seeds three to five inches deep.

  • Summer Squash - 24 to 36 apart, 18 to 48 inches between rows, and seeds one inch deep.

  • Winter Squash - 24 to 48 inches apart, 24 to 100 inches between rows, and one inch deep.

  • Watermelon - 24 to 72 inches apart, 60 to 100 inches between rows, and one inch deep.

Fantastic Veggie Book By Alan Buckingham

Here is some wonderful extra professional advice from Alan Buckingham. Check out this book!

Another option for you to think about when spacing vegetables is placing some herbs in with your garden. Mingling the herbs around your vegetables not only will add color and texture to vegetable garden, herbs are great in different culinary dishes.

Most herbs can be planted in single rows, or some in mass planting to fill in some empty spaces. Herbee hopes this information he has provided you will help you have a healthy and delicious vegetable garden.

A great way to keep track of your plants throughout the growing stages is with a journal. All journals have original photos taken just for you. Great gift idea as well as for your own personal garden. Feel free to bookmark this page or use this guide for proper spacing, and also planning your spring, summer, or fall garden.


Related articles Herbee thought you may enjoy.

Veggie Garden Planning --- Spacing Vegetables With Herbs And Flowers

Vegetable Seeds --- More Tips On Planning A Garden



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