Is there a certain direction in planting a vegetable garden?

Asked January 18, 2021, 6:06 PM EST

Does it make a growing difference to plant rows of vegetables going East to west or North to South? We live in Silverton OR

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The answer is "it depends." Vegetable crops can be divided using two discriminants: tall or short; and sun-loving or shade-loving. If your garden plan is having rows of the same species, you would want an east-west plan. You would plant the short, sun-loving plants such as squash on the south, with tall sun-loving plants such as corn on the north. But you could then plant short, shade-loving plants such as lettuce and spinach north of the corn, which will shade them and reduce their chance of "bolting" (going to seed"). This east-west is also easier to water with soaker hoses that follow the crop rows. Planting rows north and south involves using the same analysis, but is more difficult to provide irrigation that does not waste water between rows. Here is an OSU Extension article with more information on vegetable gardening, and other factors to consider:: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/em9027.pdf I hope this is helpful. Good luck!