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Ideas for Small Gardens

Would you like to have a home garden but don't have much space? The following tips may help you get started.

Nashville, Ark. – Due to Covid-19 more people may be thinking about having a home garden but are not sure where to start. Maybe you do not have a lot of room for planting, or you feel totally lost and not sure what to do. There are different options to achieve your small garden. Three options to choose from are:

  • Wide Row Planting – Wide row planting is simply broadcasting seeds in bands anywhere from 10 in. to 3 or more feet wide instead of a single band on each row. With the wide row system, more space is producing vegetables and less space is used for cultivation between the rows.
  • Companion Cropping – Another way to use space for more intensive production is interplanting or companion cropping. Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or okra between rows of early cool-weather crops. The early crops will mature and be out of the way before the later crops would be crowded.
  • Using Small Plants – Use vegetables that require less space than others. The following vegetables make small plants and can be closely planted in the row: radishes, turnips, lettuces, beets, spinach, chard, arugula, cilantro, mustard, Pak choi (also called bok choy or Chinese cabbage), scallions, and onions.

For more information, you can visit, or send an email to Howard County Extension office is still working and is there for all the residences in Howard County during this time. 


By Samantha Kroll
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Samantha Kroll
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852
(870) 845-7517


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