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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Seed sowing Reply with quote

Before I sow my seeds, where it states on the instructions to leave 12 inches between seed drills and then 18 inches between rows of seedlings, how close can I sow the seeds / transplant the seedlings to the side of the raised bed? If I need to leave 18 inches from the side of the bed for the leek seedlings for example, two rows will take up 54 inches and the actual bed is only 72" leaving little room for anything else. Also, leaving the recommended 9 inches between seedlings, I could only grow six leeks in a space 36" x 54" - is this correct?

I intend to grow other veg. in the reamining space - do I need to leave 18" between the leeks and anything else?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Seed sowing Reply with quote

Yorky wrote:
Before I sow my seeds, where it states on the instructions to leave 12 inches between seed drills and then 18 inches between rows of seedlings, how close can I sow the seeds / transplant the seedlings to the side of the raised bed?


Half of 18 inches, 9 inches. The edge of the bed will not be competing with the new plant like other plant growth will. No roots battling against roots where the bed edge is concerned.

Yorky wrote:


I intend to grow other veg. in the reamining space - do I need to leave 18" between the leeks and anything else?



You may and you may not. It depends on what sort of root area the other veg requires. For example scallions will require very litte, but potatoes will require a lot.
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