Tips for spacing out plants in your garden | Gardening 101 | Gardening Australia

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All plants have a certain habit and growth rate. Labels and packets will give you this information so you can plan how much space they need for their roots and leaves to grow healthily without too much competition.

Planting Seedlings
When planting vegie seedlings, follow the label to ensure the best quality harvest. Cramming them in too tightly will restrict access to nutrients, giving a smaller crop that is more prone to pests and diseases.

Planting Seeds
Crops such as carrots need more space under the ground to extend their roots fully. If you sow seeds too thickly make sure to thin them out as they grow.

Pumpkins need space to spread out on top of the ground.

Groundcovers can act as a living mulch to block out weeds. Sometimes you can plant them a bit more closely to create complete soil coverage.

Planting Hedges
Your spacing will depend on whether you want a thick screen or a more open barrier that you can still see through.

It’s best to use smaller plants, even though it takes longer for them to fill the space, as they will grow better root system and are cheaper to buy.

Planting hedge plants closely will restrict their growth slightly, so the plants may not get as large as they would if planted on their own. It’s worth bearing this in mind when planning the final hedge size. Regular tip pruning will help keep a bushy shape and avoid plants becoming lanky.

Denser plantings also mean plants need more water and nutrients to overcome the intense root competition. There’s also a greater chance of pests and diseases spreading, so you need to keep an eye on any infestations and deal with them quickly.

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