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Spacing plants in a raised-bed garden


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Spacing plants in a raised-bed garden

CindyJ | May 14, 2013 05:01 PM

We live in a fairly wooded area and until now my gardening has been limited to planting a few herbs in boxes on my deck. Since the deck does get a fair amount of sun, I decided to buy a 2' x 4' raised bed. In trying to decide what and how much to plant in my 8 square feet, I did some Googling and found, on the Williams-Sonoma website, a series of charts referred to as "Plant-a-Grams" for raised beds.

The thing that surprises me about these planting charts is the number of plants that are suggested. For example, in one square foot of a "Culinary Herb Garden, according to the chart, one can plant 4 thyme plants, or 3 verbena, or 4 fernleaf dill or 3 basil plants. Similarly, in one square foot of a "Beginner's Vegetable Garden" you can plant 2 Jalepeno pepper plants, or 3 Rosa Bianca Eggplant, or 4 Italian Flat Leaf Parsley or 1 Black Krim Tomato plant. Before seeing this chart, I didn't even consider that I could plant tomatoes in this bed.

Now, admittedly, I am not a gardener; I would normally space plants according to the recommendations on the tag that comes in the pot. I'd really appreciate some feedbackon this plant spacing from anyone who has done raised-bed gardening. Thanks!

EDIT: Sorry about the image; it's too small to be legible.

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