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Well, it just kind of depends
On what you're growing, etc. If you go N to South, taller stuff should be on the North end so that it won't shade other stuff, east to west you kind of avoid that problem a bit, but still, taller stuff should be on the north side. Then, there's the matter of how close these beds are to buildings and trees that may shade the beds. Hope I am making sense, LOL! :LOL

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Originally Posted by farmer mama
I orient North-South, but I do know a firm believer in East-West.
Exactly, I have read somewhere to plant rows East - West and it did not make sense to me. That's why I was asking what everyone else thinks.
 

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The E-W guy I know plants his row with plants of different heights, so his row starts with lettuce, then greens, then corn, for example. He never could explain to me why this was better than the way I do it, lol. I just plant my N-S rows so the shorter plants are in front rows and taller in back rows.
 

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I have some of both, but mostly north-south. If you have any slope at all, even a slight one, I would run beds across that slope and design plantings to otherwise manage shade, though.

If you have east-west, there are ways to use a south-edge bed's shade to benefit lettuces and others that prefer shade.

I plant for west shade on purpose sometimes becaue afternoon sun can be harsh.

I don't think shade from tall crops has ever caused a substantial problem for anything in my garden. There is so very much overhead sun in summer anyway that I don't think anything gets much shade. Maybe a tiny garden would have more problem, i don't know.
 

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Actually I think there is some confusion here as to whether we are running across or along the compass lines here. A couple seem to mean one, a couple the other, from what I am rreading.
 

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Originally Posted by deeporgarten
Actually I think there is some confusion here as to whether we are running across or along the compass lines here. A couple seem to mean one, a couple the other, from what I am rreading.

It is really unclear. Mine are oriented toward North-South so they run along the East-west lines. That is confusing.
 
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