Consider pollination requirements. Corn, for example, needs to be grown in blocks rather than rows, as these plants are wind pollinated. Incorporating plenty of companion plants such as calendula can help boost pollination of fruit or pod-bearing crops such as beans as well as attracting beneficial insects to your garden.
Most vegetables and herbs require at least six hours of sunlight a day to grow, but some plants will tolerate partial shade. Great shade-tolerant vegetables include:
GARDEN PLANS FOR PARTIAL SHADE
Shade for the leafy greens are but the squash and tomatoes will need full sun. Likewise, the third plan has shade at the top, but full sun elsewhere because corn, beans, squash, and tomatoes all like full sun.