The plants looked so little when I put the starts in the ground. And I confess that I may have not really paid attention to the suggested distances too much. I used heaps of horse manure, sheep manure and homemade compost. My garden now looks like this:
The designated pathways that looked so precise and clear when I put my wee little plants in have been overgrown. And now I have to tip toe delicately through the vegetation exploding into every available space. The pumpkins are on a bid to take over the world. It's a good thing I don't mind the organic free flowing look.