Row planting involves growing seeds in straight line. It is the traditional way of planting vegetables, crops and trees. However, there are other methods of planting available. Choosing the best method depends on your needs and experience as a gardener or farmer. Being familiar with row planting gives you the advantage of combining planting methods to achieve certain harvesting objectives.

Background

Single row planting requires a wide area to establish uniform rows. The space between the rows needs to be of equal distance.The size of the plant, tree or vegetable determines the distance between the seeds and between the rows. As a rule, the bigger the plants, the bigger the space needed in between rows. The soil is mounded and hoed in a straight line.

Advantages

A garden with row planting is more visually appealing. The garden looks clean and organized. You will also have sufficient space to to move around the garden. Big plants such as corn, cucumbers, squash and carrots grow better in single rows because these plants possess long vines and roots that need space to crawl freely. The traditional row planting is beneficial to commercial farmers because they must plant crops their accommodate machinery and tools.

Disadvantages

Row planting takes up a lot of space, which restricts the number of plantings, thereby decreasing the harvest. It also takes a great deal of time. Seeds need to be planted one by one and accurate space calculations must be made. Watering efforts are also complicated because of the space between plants.

Double Row

Double row or twin row planting is a variation of single row planting. However, it still follows the former's basic principles. Double row planting refers to the planting of two rows per bed. The technique makes better use of available space, increasing the amount of plants or crops that can be harvested. While It still requires precision when planting, it reduces the area that must be sprayed and watered.

Wide Row

Wide row planting deviates from traditional row planting, broadcasting the seeds in a wide and long block. The size of the block is determined according to the available space and the space individual plants may require. This method promotes natural successive harvest: When plants are closely growing together, they compete for food, sunlight, water and nutrients. A number of crops will come out in advance. Upon harvest of these crops, the remaining crops have yet to surface, but they still will, providing a second harvest.