Last updated: November 18, 2021

What Does Furrow Mean?

A furrow is a shallow trench that is dug into the soil for planting seeds or seedlings.

Historically, furrows were created using only a hand hoe. Nowadays, commercial farmers produce long furrows across a field using a furrower, which is a mechanical digger.

Some gardeners opt to purchase a specialized furrow attachment that they can hook onto their equipment to make a furrow mechanically. Crops such as corn, lettuce, and corn are usually planted in furrows.


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Once a furrow has been dug, a gardener can direct sow the seeds into the soil of the furrow and then lightly cover up the seeds with soil.

Furrow planting looks neat in a garden. Essentially, it creates a symmetrical appearance, which is tidier. The furrows also make weeding and thinning easier.

When crops are planted in furrows, a gardener can easily walk between the rows to examine the plants and keep an eye out for possible pests.

Adequately spaced furrows also provide sufficient room for the plants to grow and thrive. Air flows between the furrows to keep fungal and bacterial infections at bay.

Most furrows are dug only one to three inches deep. Depending on the crop being grown, most furrows are spaced one to two feet apart. Ideally, the gardener should easily be able to walk between the furrows, reducing the likelihood of compacting the soil.


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