People often complain about other people crowding them, cramping their style. If plants could talk, this would be one of their biggest complaints too, particularly in the vegetable garden.
Today with modern varieties and know-how, it is not uncommon for more than 90 percent of the seeds planted to germinate and produce excellent plants. Everyone seems to hate to pull them up and throw them away, but too many seedlings can act just like weeds.
Table beets should be two to three inches apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart, carrots two to three inches, ice-berg or even leaf lettuce 10 to 12 inches (leaving two plants will probably result in two poor heads), sweet corn 10 to 15 inches between each stalk, muskmelons and pumpkins two to three feet apart. If you get sweet corn nubbins instead of nice big ears, the trouble probably is inadequate spacing.
Annual flowers are favorites because they bloom fast from seeds with a bright splash of color. Petunias, marigolds and zinnias are the most popular. They are used to edge walks, driveways, beautify borders, crowded together for a good display.
If you want to cut a lot of blooms to take indoors, it might be good to grow them in a separate cutting garden. Planted in rows about two feet apart, they will have ample room without crowding, the plants get plenty of light on all sides, and are easy to cultivate with a rake and hoe and easy to mulch.
The cutting garden should get sunshine most of the day and be a convenient size. If you don't have room for a separate cutting garden, maybe you can interplant your vegetable garden with marigolds, zinnias and other favorites. Not only will your vegetable garden be more attractive but some people think that marigolds (especially those with odor) discourage insects and nematodes.
If you hope for a good peach crop, it's important to thin the trees properly along about now. Peaches tend to set an extremely large number of fruit each spring, unless you remove 70 percent of it, you won't get good-sizes peaches. Unthinned peach trees will not produce additional pounds of fruit, just more small fruit, and the general health and vigor of the tree will be endangered if the crop load is too heavy.
Thin the small peaches to about six inches apart when they are less than one-half inch in diameter. A good rule: You cannot thin too much and too early.