Sunday, July 10, 2011

3 Sisters Update

DSC_2233_6749This summer I’m trying out the 3 Sisters method in two beds.  3 Sisters means corn, beans, and squash grown together to benefit each other.  The corn in both beds is Golden Bantam Yellow Sweet corn.  The beans in both beds is Borlotto Solista beans.  The types of squash is different in each bed because I ran out of some seeds AND I wanted to grow pumpkins for the fall.  With that, one bed has Lemon squash and the other has Jarrahdale pumpkins.  The Lemon squash, planted on April 2, has been producing for some time providing fresh squash for the BBQ, casseroles, and pasta salads.  This bush variety of squash doesn’t meander as much below the corn to help shade the ground; but they are producing shade.DSC_2237_6753

Jarrahdale pumpkin leaf.  Size 9 Crocs used for scale reference.

Planted on June 1, the pumpkins should be ready in mid to late September.  Jarrahdales really wind through the bed and are providing exceptional shade for this 3 Sisters bed.  Hopes of blue-grey pumpkins in the fall make the temperatures of hell a bit more bearable.  Next stop is the local, tiny hardware store to pick up some nastursium seeds.  They’re suppose to ward off squash bugs.  Last summer the garden was overrun by the buggers. 

My size 9 crocs can only stomp on so many bugs to help them on their way to an eternal garden.

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3 comments:

Allison said...

Nice! I'm trying that method in my garden this year also. I had terrible problems with squash bugs last year. I have nasturtsium growing also, but they take a long time to bloom. Next year, I might try to grow them inside, or I'll certainly plant them earlier. Also, I've heard that tansy works really well. I finally found some at my local co-op.

marisa said...

Maybelline,

Here is what I have found out about the cemeteries. There is a website where you can put in the person's name and find their grave, here is that link:

http://www.findagrave.com/

The cemeteries that would have been around in the 1860's were:

Union Cemetery in the Willow Creek area
Sandy Cemetery on 7th and 90th
Cressent on State and 110th
Draper- by the old draper town hall

I hope that helps!
~marisa

Maureen said...

We planted mint around ours but the squash bugs keep on coming. The one thing that has slowed them down is Diatomaceous Earth. If you sprinkle it on when the bugs are small, it will kill most of them. Then we just hand pick the survivors:)