|Peas in a veg. garden|
Dear Hortense Hoelove,
I’ve been debating about when it is acceptable to plant in a straight line. Mostly I’ve been debating with myself so I thought I’d get another opinion. I could think of no one I’d rather have the opinion of than you, Hortense Hoelove, my favorite garden advice columnist.
I’m so glad you asked about planting in straight lines. Let us first address planting in vegetable gardens. I think most gardeners will agree that planting in straight lines, let’s call them rows, in a vegetable garden is the correct way to plant a vegetable garden.
I will admit that some gardeners deviate from this rule of thumb at times, but for ease of planting, staking, covering, and harvesting, most gardeners will agree that it is always correct to plant in a straight row in a vegetable garden.
However, in other areas of the garden, the answer to when is it acceptable to plant in a straight line is “it depends on the design”. However, most gardeners will agree that bedding out plants in straight lines is something that should be left to the Victorian era. Today’s modern gardeners will find that their gardens will be more pleasing if straight lines, in general, are avoided.
But it is not always clear cut. Here for example are some tulips that were planted to follow a curve.
Technically, a curve is not a straight line. Plus, technically, these are groups of tulips planted to follow the curve. However, I think most gardeners would say that the gardener who planted these tulips probably also grows vegetables, hence her tendency to plant in straight lines or nearly straight lines.
I further suggest that this gardener should look within herself to figure out why, in spite of having a curved edge to this border, and other plants in the border that were not planted in straight lines, she persists in planting in straight lines, or nearly straight lines.
As noted, I suspect she also grows vegetables. I suspect she needs help.
Your favorite advice columnist, Hortense Hoelove