Wouldn't the weeds have less of a chance in a densely planted border?
That's a very good point. I think minimum-distance guidelines for
vegetables and flowers were written when people had large farms. I have
seen recommendations to plant plants like dusty miller 6 to 8 inches apart.
Do you know what that would look like? The plants have a radius of maybe
three inches!! No one wants to look at bare soil or, as you pointed out,
weeds. As long as you provide fertilizer and moisture as needed, and the
plants receive enough sun, I say crowd them in there and you'll have a
| Wouldn't the weeds have less of a chance in a densely planted border?
> Wouldn't the weeds have less of a chance in a densely planted border?
The interaction between plants isn't all above ground where you can see
it. The roots interact, and the extent of the root is generally much
larger than you expect. There's a rule of thumb that says the root
spreads out about the same distance as the leaf canopy. I suspect that
this is not the case, since many trees seem to send roots a considerable
distance beyond that point. Also, the roots get smaller and smaller as
they approach the edge of their growing region, so you might dig up some
soil in an area where roots are active and not see them because of their