Re: [gardeners] Orientation of beds

margaret lauterbach (
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 12:34:51 -0600

At 10:43 AM 6/14/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Harry,
>When slope is not an issue I tend to place my beds north--south.  I'm not
sure why I 
>do it  perhaps I feel that the plants get more even light.  My garden is
large (nearly 
>and acre) and has about a 2-3' deep swale running diagonally through it so
I do 
>have slope to deal with.  About half my beds/rows run east-west .  Can't
say that I've 
>noticed  a difference in growth between the two directions.  I'm a lot
farther north 
>than you are so I would guess light direction would be less of an issue
for you than 
>me.  Perhaps this year will tell as I planted some potatoes east-west and
>north-south.  I will let you know if I see a difference.
>With regard to placing raised beds, having the long side toward the sun is
likely to 
>keep the beds warmer and dryer.  They may then need more water.  I did
find this 
>was the case with my unbound raised beds.
>On Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:38:07 -0500, Harry Boswell wrote:
>>Quick poll:
>>Do your vegetable beds run east-west or north-south?  I've finally
>>finished building the screen house, and Janet has promised she will
>>leave me alone and let me do gardening for a while now (I have
>>*nothing* planted yet!).  I've been in the middle of building some new
>>beds, and haven't placed them yet, so I'm wondering, since slope is not
>>an issue, which orientation is best?  It's full sun, BTW.
>Terry King
>N.E. WA. USDA zone 4b, Sunset zone 1
>Last frost day July 4th (most years), first frost usually the week of
August 23rd.

If you're growing corn, you'll want to plant at least four rows across the
prevailing wind direction. If most of your winds are from the West, plant

Gee, Terry, how much Reemay do you have? Or are you using plastic "cloches"
for frost-tender veggies?  Margaret L