Does it matter which direction the rows of the garden are planted (North-South or East-West)? I live in northern iowa, if that makes a difference at all.
Your rows need to be planted so all plants can get the suns rays. N/S rows work but be sure and put your tallest plants on the North side. I do square foot gardening and I put my tall plants in the middle of a 4X12' raised bed with small plants on the outside. This seems to work for me. Some plants such as lettuce/ spinach, etc benefit from some of the tall plants shade, especially in the afternoon. The garden planner works great for this task. Hope this helps.
OK, thanks! Yes, I'm just starting to figure out the garden planner.