Herb Garden: How close is too close?

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Herb Garden: How close is too close?

Post by Marle » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 00:55:30



I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
Any advice is appreciated, you can reach me at the email addy below, peace
--

"just a kid growing up"

 
 
 

Herb Garden: How close is too close?

Post by To » Mon, 09 Apr 2001 02:14:59


In the case of Herbs the spacing could very well be for another reason
besides giving the roots room. Most of the herbs in my Garden spread
rapidly and fill in the spaces quickly. If I wasn't harvesting them
all summer the herb garden would look pretty wild. Herbs are for the
most part pretty tough. They can take dry conditions and flourish in
poor soil so I doubt that close spacing will hurt them too much if
that's what you are looking for. This is advice is based on the herbs
I grow however, so I invite anyone with a differing opinion to speak
up. I grow parsley, rosemary, sage, several different thymes, oregano,
lemon balm (in a pot), several mints (also in pots), basil, chives,
and garlic.

Good luck,
Tor
PA zone 6a



Quote:

>I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
>seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
>need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
>Any advice is appreciated, you can reach me at the email addy below, peace
>--

>"just a kid growing up"

 
 
 

Herb Garden: How close is too close?

Post by Judith Moo » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 03:07:56


"Seed spacing" may be actually be "plant spacing." As long as you're prepared
to thin seedlings to give the recommended room for the plants, I don't believe
it's all that critical. Of c ourse, if you plant thickly, you'll need to thin
quickly(!) to avoid competition for light and nutrients.
Quote:
>I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
>seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
>need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
>An

 
 
 

Herb Garden: How close is too close?

Post by Graham or Colette McMulle » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 08:16:53


Hi - Plant spacing.  The packet gives you what you would need to do to grow that
plant *perfectly* - So if you are entering it in the fall faire and want a ribbon,
thats the spacing to use.
HOWEVER - in your 'cutting' garden (the plants you are using the tops / flowers /
leaves  from)  I would plant things nice and tight because, if you don't, the
weeds will happily fill the gaps.  You will have to thin madly - but thats fine as
you are using all the plant material.   For the plants you are growing so you can
use the root - you may want to leave a bit more room. You need to be able to get
in there and dig without destroying lots of other stuff. Also they are so very
often huge plants.  (you can, of course plants annuals to make it pretty)
Make sure you know what the full grown plant looks like - I remember years ago,
when I was new to herbs, planting about 5 elecampane plants, about a foot apart,
in a foot wide bed!!!  They all needed replacing! ; )
Plants you are growing to collect the seeds for replanting are an entirely
different set of problems - you need to be sure there aren't things in the same
family close by or you will have cross pollinated plants.
Meredith

Quote:
> >I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
> >seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
> >need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
> >An

 
 
 

Herb Garden: How close is too close?

Post by Graham or Colette McMulle » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 08:16:53


Hi - Plant spacing.  The packet gives you what you would need to do to grow that
plant *perfectly* - So if you are entering it in the fall faire and want a ribbon,
thats the spacing to use.
HOWEVER - in your 'cutting' garden (the plants you are using the tops / flowers /
leaves  from)  I would plant things nice and tight because, if you don't, the
weeds will happily fill the gaps.  You will have to thin madly - but thats fine as
you are using all the plant material.   For the plants you are growing so you can
use the root - you may want to leave a bit more room. You need to be able to get
in there and dig without destroying lots of other stuff. Also they are so very
often huge plants.  (you can, of course plants annuals to make it pretty)
Make sure you know what the full grown plant looks like - I remember years ago,
when I was new to herbs, planting about 5 elecampane plants, about a foot apart,
in a foot wide bed!!!  They all needed replacing! ; )
Plants you are growing to collect the seeds for replanting are an entirely
different set of problems - you need to be sure there aren't things in the same
family close by or you will have cross pollinated plants.
Meredith

Quote:
> >I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
> >seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
> >need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
> >An

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Post by Judith Moo » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 03:07:56


"Seed spacing" may be actually be "plant spacing." As long as you're prepared
to thin seedlings to give the recommended room for the plants, I don't believe
it's all that critical. Of c ourse, if you plant thickly, you'll need to thin
quickly(!) to avoid competition for light and nutrients.

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>seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
>need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
>An

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Post by Graham or Colette McMulle » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 08:16:53


Hi - Plant spacing.  The packet gives you what you would need to do to grow that
plant *perfectly* - So if you are entering it in the fall faire and want a ribbon,
thats the spacing to use.
HOWEVER - in your 'cutting' garden (the plants you are using the tops / flowers /
leaves  from)  I would plant things nice and tight because, if you don't, the
weeds will happily fill the gaps.  You will have to thin madly - but thats fine as
you are using all the plant material.   For the plants you are growing so you can
use the root - you may want to leave a bit more room. You need to be able to get
in there and dig without destroying lots of other stuff. Also they are so very
often huge plants.  (you can, of course plants annuals to make it pretty)
Make sure you know what the full grown plant looks like - I remember years ago,
when I was new to herbs, planting about 5 elecampane plants, about a foot apart,
in a foot wide bed!!!  They all needed replacing! ; )
Plants you are growing to collect the seeds for replanting are an entirely
different set of problems - you need to be sure there aren't things in the same
family close by or you will have cross pollinated plants.
Meredith

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> >I want to know....on the back of seed packets, it suggests spacing your
> >seeds at a set distance, is this all that relevant? I understand the roots
> >need thier space, but are they being overly cautious in there suggestions?
> >An

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