Garden Row Lines

I put lines up over my garden rows for a variety of different reasons.

Some of the lines will stay up all season, and some for as little as a few weeks or a month.

In this picture, you see I used baling twine.  It’s just the most common thing on the farm to use for line and I use it for everything.

Reasons to consider using lines in your garden include:

Reasons to put garden lines in your garden. This just made things so much easier!

1.  You have kids in or around your garden

Some people have difficulties keeping their kids out of the garden.  I can keep a babe or toddler on my back until they turn three, and then I have this same concern.  While kids three and up can be taught well to stay out of certain areas, when you are first planting, it can be very confusing where they can and cannot step.

Putting lines up is a visual aid to anyone other than the person planting to see where the plants are.  After your veggies come up, you can then easily remove them once everyone knows where to and not to step.


2.  You have birds that eat your freshly planted seeds or seedlings

If you have birds, you know how frustrating it is to plant your seeds just to have the birds pick out your freshly planted seeds, or your young seedlings.

When you place a string an inch or two above the planting site, birds are so much more likely to leave your seeds and young seedlings alone.


3.  You tend to forget where you have planted

Okay…  I can do this within 5 minutes of planting sometimes.

If you’ve ever planted your rows and then the next day came back to water your sites only to wonder where exactly they were planed, then this could be a good technique for you to employ.

Our garden is fairly good sized, and if I don’t mark everything as I’m planting, it can get chaotic pretty quickly.  As soon as seedlings emerge, or rows are well recognizable, the strings come off.


4.  You need cheap trellises for your produce

When I plant my peas, beans, or other climbers, I immediately get a line out over them.  As they grow up, I add lines for them to climb.  Again, this is all done with baling twine, because that’s what we have, and it is super strong. It’s more mobile than a wire trellis, and definitely cheaper.

Another benefit is that I can always make it as long, short, and tall as I want it every time.  Modifications are easy, and so is clean-up at the end of the year.


5.  You need assistance making straight lines

When you have long rows (like I do), it’s easy for your lines to start curving, or waving.  Putting a line up (higher at first) is a tremendous help when it’s important to plant in straight lines.

These lines can be taken down as soon as you’ve planted, or kept up for a couple weeks or a month until your rows are well established.


6.  You want a marker for different varieties 

If you look closely at the lines in my garden, you will see yellow baling twine tied to orange twine.  This is done where varieties change.  In this picture it shows where yellow onions stop and sweet onions begin.

If you drive along commercial fields in the early spring, you may see little flags in the fields.  Likely, this is to mark a change in varieties, such as the change between Yukons and red potatoes.


7.  Your stakes act as a safety guard for your hoses

Reasons to put garden lines in your garden. This just made things so much easier!Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a benefit of the line as much as the stake.  My rows are so long, that it’s nearly impossible to get hoses around in it without hitting plants–which means breaking off some of my beloved plants.

I generally leave the stakes at the ends of the rows in place even after removing lines for this reason.


What other reasons can you think of for putting lines out?



  1. Yep, yep. Doing this next year!

  2. Oh how I love this post, I have raised beds with drip lines in place so I don’t have to worry about where I (or others) walk or moving the hose (if I was relied on to do all the watering my plants would all die as I’m the worst at remembering to water). I tend to prefer to use the drip line as my planting line as I’m exceptionally good and weeded seedlings that are not on the line. When they are on the line they have a better chance of survival.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for this great information. My husband did raised bed with the tractor this past season and it was easy to see where not to walk, but string lines would still be good to keep everything straight on top of the beds. Thanks for sharing.
    PS. how are you all, haven’t heard from you this week, hope you are all just busy getting ready to plant and nothing is wrong. Blessings to you all. xxxx

    • What a grand husband you have! That sounds very nice 🙂 .
      Yes…wheat has been going in this last month. Moving a few hundred cows. Need to get alfalfa in, and then we can plant our own garden. It’s been very rainy–which means cloudy–which means I have to be careful with how I choose to use my internet (and solar)–which means little internet time. I’ll catch up when things slow–we are well, thank you.

  4. Great ideas for creating lines in the garden.

  5. This is a great tip – I use to plant this way and then I switched to raised beds because it was just easier with our climate. A little less work and allowed me to implement some perks to keep the critters away. Very helpful Article, enjoyed!

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