Gardeners everywhere are asking.
If they are too narrow, they are useless to all but the ants and coons.
If they are too wide, you've wasted valuable planting space.
Many people think they have the answer to this question.
Some people say the paths should be wide enough for two people to walk side by side. That may be true if the path is designed for ambling through the garden arm in arm with someone else, but who goes ambling arm in arm with someone through a vegetable garden?
Some people advocate for narrow paths, barely wide enough for you to shuffle sideways through the garden so you have more planting space. That makes it too hard to get around in the garden and so you won't get around and you'll abandon your garden, the weeds will take over, everyone will think it is ugly and no one will encourage you to plant another vegetable garden ever. "You'll just let it be taken over by weeds", they'll say, and you may never try to grow vegetables again.
Others suggest the paths needs to be wide enough for you to kneel in front of one bad without crunching the bed behind you with your backside.
Balderdash to all those answers! I've determined the perfect width for the paths in my vegetable garden and it is...
How did I choose 19 inches, you ask?
That's the width of the stand, the legs, the whatever you call them, on my wheelbarrow, plus a half inch on either side to set them down.
|My wheelbarrow in the garden last year. It is 24 years old and still going strong.|