The Q&A Archives: Planting Distances Between Vegetables

Question: I am a new gardener. I would like to plan a 12 x 15 garden w/peppers, tomatoes, corn, onions, etc. I would like to plan out the garden before I purchase my seed/plants, but I have been unable to find any resource online that tells how far apart different types of plants should be planted. Do you have any resources like this or know of any other online?

Answer: I don't know of an online source, but the book called "Vegetable Gardening for Dummies" by Charlie Nardozzi, ISBN 0-7645-5129-9 has a table in the back that includes spacing between rows and plants. For the veggies you mentioned, the info in inches is: (Spacing between Rows; Spacing Between Plants)

Peppers 24-36; 18-24
Tomatoes 24-48; 18-36
Corn 24-36; 12-18
Onions 25-24; 3-4

Another book I particularly like is the classic "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew, ISBN 0-87857-340-2, which describes an alternative to planting in rows, using a more intensive grid pattern. The idea is that more square footage is planted, there is less space devoted to paths, and less water and fertilizer creates a bigger harvest. Thanks for writing!

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