Rows verses Inter-planting

italyrowsWhen my boyfriend, Pete, came back from extensive touring through Europe, he remarked on how he really liked the vegetable gardens in nice neat rows.  This is the way my mother planted her garden.  It is the way most people plant their gardens. potsI tend to inter plant my crops and my flowers.  I think both designs work great.  Below are the pros of each.

ROWS

Pros:

  • visually pleasing, in a uniform design
  • great for plant recognition
  • easy to harvest
  • easy to map out in order to rotate crops the following year
  • good for a large area

INTER-PLANTING

Pros:

  • visually pleasing, in a more natural way
  • pollinator attracting plants can be planted next to plants that need pollination to fruit
  • some plants are beneficial to each other (example, sunflowers can provide a trellis for cucumbers)
  • companion planting allows for more harvest in a small area and help with pest control
  • less weeding
  • good for a small area

As long as you water wisely, use organic practices, and provide flowers to attract beneficials, gardening can hardly go wrong.

My closeest attempt at rows.  Garlic, strawberries, leeks, tomato, stock, and sweet alyssum all live in this row.
My closest attempt at rows. Garlic, strawberries, leeks, tomato, stock, and sweet alyssum all live in this row.

 

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