Make this simple switch to grow more vegetables in less space

I have a really short and simple gardening tip for you this week.  It's a simple switch I made a few years ago that has allowed me to increase the amount of food I grow without expanding the garden. Here it is:

Rather than planting my seeds in a single row with pathways in between, I scatter my seeds in a wide row (or "bed") about 2 feet wide.

Look at these two gardens to see what I mean:

Because the plants are "huddled" closely together like penguins, there are 3 benefits to this method:
~The vegetable leaves shade out the weeds.
~The shade provided by the plants also keeps the soil cool and moist.
~The close spacing of plants offers some wind protection.

Does that make sense?  So simple, right?

Here's a picture of what this looks like in my garden:


The next (and final) blog post in the gardening series will be:  
The KEY to understanding WHEN to plant your garden