The Importance of Plant Spacing

MoonShadows

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Many new gardeners, and some old ones, don't realize the importance of proper spacing when it comes to planting vegetables. An adequate space between your vegetable plants (and flowers as well) will reduce competition for light, will conserve water, and will provide more soil nutrition to each plant.

I found a very good website with lists of vegetables and proper spacing and specific requirements. I have listed it in our Resource section. Take a look when you have some time: https://hobbygreenhousegrowers.org/resources/the-importance-of-plant-spacing.36/

I also listed the website this information comes from in another Resource entitled GROW GREAT VEGETABLES. I think there is a lot of great stuff to be found there. here is the link: https://hobbygreenhousegrowers.org/resources/grow-great-vegetables.37/
 

MoonShadows

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Yup, I tend to try and squeeze in too many myself. Part of that is because it is so difficult to pull seedlings without disrupting the ones I want to keep, and a big old scissors or clipper is hard to maneuver around tender little seedlings. I now have a Fiskar Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip that should make this much easier; it was a Christmas present.

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I like those snippers! They look like they'll be really handy and nice to use.
Another reason to space plants is that there will be less insect and disease problems. I tend to pack too much into my greenhouse and then I have more problems due to decreased air circulation.