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Spacing Plants

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Set plants too close together and you'll stunt their growth. Set them too far apart and you'll create an opportunity for weeds. Your hand is a convenient spacing device. Measure the distance from your thumb tip to your pinkie tip. Compare that figure to the recommended spacing on each plant's nursery label. Then, translate the label's inches into hand spans.

Comments (2)

  • 25 Jun, 2011

    I've got a small city garden, so stunting the growth of plants, for me, is a good thing!

  • 25 Jun, 2011

    This will give you a measurement of about 6 - 8 inches. Some plants don't need to be that far apart. If you measure across your knuckles with or without your thumb included, you will get about 3 - 4 inches.