|Brendan weed-whacking the walking paths|
in the U-Pick
I'm learning a lot about the whole Three-Sisters application with the winter squash, popcorn, and dry beans. First off, it's a crazy zoo of stalks, vine, and weeds at this point, as the squash are climbing the corn among the weeds that blasted forth with the continuous rains. The zoo is not so bad, as all these items get harvested once they have dried back. Secondly, the location in which the experiment was planted gets a fair amount of morning shade due to the neighboring woodlot. So the squash has developed more vigorously closer to our main driveway, where it resides in the row; and I am afraid that the plants near the woods may truly be too far behind for good production, given the additional shade from the burgeoning corn stalks. All in all, it is a space saver, but when I glance over at the row of acorn squash (see below) all by itself next to the peppers in full sunlight, they are farther advanced than those winter squash competing with the corn and bean companions.
|Exuberant acorn squash vines to the right of the peppers|
|Molly fertigating the corn (injecting fish|
emulsion into the drip-tape lines for nitrogen