Asked on Jun 19, 2013
To pack, or to space, that is the question...
Seed packets and planting charts tell us to space our seeds or seedlings with a certain spacing in between. I have read on some info sites that it's best to reduce this space slightly to help deter weeds and reduce need for water. And then, I have also read about packing your plants close together (for the same reason), but with minimal space between plants. I assumed the spacing was to provide the plants with a minimum of nutrients and water needed for their development. Now that my garden has grown up a little bit, I have some spots where plants didn't thrive as well, and I have large patches where little or nothing is growing. I wonder if, in the future, I can 'pack' certain kinds of plants together (maybe tubers with vines?) (or maybe lettuce doesn't care if it's crowded?). I need advice.