New raised garden bed placement

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  1. chop

    chop Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I am Jon and this is my first post so sorry if this has already been asked but I am trying to catch up on the all the threads, there is so much amazing information here.

    I have just bought my first couple of raised beds and just wanting peoples opinions about bed placement. Mainly for the amount of sun (morning and afternoon). I have read the North to South placement is best.

    I Live at Peak Crossing which is about 20kms south of Ipswich.

    Thanks everyone :)
     
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    Hi Jon and welcome.
    Whether you run your beds east west or north south doesn't matter too much.
    What does matter is that they still get at least 6 hrs full sun daily.
    Also that you plant the taller growing plants at the back of each bed so as not to shade out the shorter plants.
    This also applies to the width of the pathways between the beds. If you have tall plants in a front bed, then a narrow pathway, then short plants in the sun facing side of the next bed, the tall plants will shade out the shorter plants across the path.
    So put the taller plants towards the back of the beds.
    So you wouldn't grow corn or trellis tomatoes in the front sun facing beds.
    And you wouldn't put the lettuces or capsicums at the back of the beds.
    In SE Qld rectangular beds should run a bit off square to the sun. In other words they shouldn't be orientated exactly to the north or exactly east west because that's not how the sun falls down this end of the state.
    They need to be a little bit offset towards the west if you have the room.
    But as long as you put the taller plants at the back, you can't go too much wrong.
     
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    Thanks @ClissAT appreciate your advice
     
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    Daniel.Mav Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hey Jon, peeks crossing - is that near mt Barney? ClissAT is all over it. Position the beds in full sun and you’ll be fine. Use the natural shade created by the plants to protect the specific crops that like part shade while the others enjoy the full sun!
     
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