Creating microclimates within my yard, I tend to plant more in groupings than I do in rows.
Maybe you are already familiar with the concept of companion planting. It is a phrase that is tossed around frequently in many gardening circles. At its core, it is the grouping together of plants that will be beneficial, in some way, with one another. The benefits of companion planting may include healthier plants, less use of pesticides, improved yields, better flavor, less frequent watering and more efficient use of your personal garden space.
Lose the notion that a garden has to be a perfect set of rows. Regardless of your current space, whether it is a 2x2' raised bed or a quarter acre, suburban mini-farm, plant your vegetables, herbs, and fruits in clusters that complement each other. Here are a few basic tips to get you started.