One of the things you soon discover after you've planted out your Grow Beds with seedlings is that some things naturally grow better and faster than other plants if you plant them in the right spot and not crowd out other plants.
One of the things I'm still learning to understand is how to optimise your Grow Bed for maximum crop yield.
I soon discovered that some careful thought and planning before we put in our seedlings pays dividends and helps maximise the amount of food your grow bed produces.
Vertical space above the Grow Bed and the space below it can help double your harvest. Having a good sunny position and watching the angle of the sun as it rises and sets in the west can also helps you to decide which plant can go where and in what stacking order in the system.
I try and plant out the taller plants towards the East or morning sun (Australia) so that taller plants do not obscure smaller plants from the warmer western sun. I've been planting my Silverbeet more or less to one side of the Grow Bed away from the Western Sun so shorter plants like Lettuces have a good chance to catch as much sun as possible and are not obscured by the taller plants shadow. Also, climbing plants like tomatoes can be staked up on a trellis or on suspended timber frames so fruit can be grown one or even two metres above the Grow Bed.
Some good advice I got on this forum was to trim all the lower tomato leaves to allow maximum crop and vine growth. I seems to work well.
I also plant cucumbers in the Western side so the vine will trail out of the Grow Bed and fall down towards the ground bearing fruit. This way we can plant more seedlings and have a bigger harvest.
Planting the smaller plants in the centre and the taller vine-like plants on the edges is something worth trying.
Please share your experiences, tips and suggestions on how you optimise your Grow Beds potential. We can all learn from each others vast experience (and mistakes).