Which direction should garden beds/rows run?

by Laura
(Dayton Ohio)

I am trying to decide whether to plant my beds running North/South or East/West.
I have read that it's best to plant in rows running east/west with tallest crops on the north side so nothing is ever shaded through the day but I have also read that North/South beds with tall crops to the west is better so that everything gets the same amount of morning sun (which is supposedly much more important than afternoon sun).
Option A makes sense because in the afternoon I don't want my corn to shade my shorter crops but if morning sun is really the most important, then option B makes more sense. Any opinions?

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Sep 24, 2009
Planting gardens facing north, south east or west
by: ~ Megan ~

Morning sun is good for all plants. It's even and milder, so less intense and scorching for some plants that might droop or get scorched if the sun is searing down on them from early arvo on.
So although most veggies like full sun and you should plan your garden accordingly by planting tallest plants north (south in southern hemisphere), remember that some low plants like strawberries, some herbs such as mint, and most leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach and bok choy welcome some shade in the hot summer arvo and can happily be planted in the shade of taller plants (eg: corn, peppers, tomatoes), which are planted to the south of them.
If you're actually planting in rows, then I believe planting east to west is best, with tallest plants in west and in the south rows (opposite in sth hemisphere).

Aug 15, 2010
PLANT ROWS NORTH-SOUTH
by: EAST

Professional greenhouses "always" plant rows north-south to take full advantage of the morning and afternoon sun. North south give better spread of sun over the beds as it passes over from side to side. As the sun travels from east to west, the plants aren't shaded by those on either side. But remember, too, that in Southern Hemisphere, the sun always stays in the Northern sky as it moves east-to-west, so if you put your short plants at the Northern end, they aren't shaded by taller plants to the south (in southern hemisphere). In winter, the south wall is often solid & insulated (in southern hemisphere).

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