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Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:49

Sweetcorn can be planted in a rectangle, a block of 3 by 3 which is 9 plants, is sufficient for polination, so providing there is at least three rows, then pollination shouldn't be a problem in a linear bed. 

Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:18

I've heard of the Three Sisters planting technique, not tried it, but was going to try planting either mini pop with squash/small pumkins or mini pop and french beans. Mini pop grows as tall as sweetcorn.

I suspect native Americans probably planted  sweetcorn further apart than what we would plant, allowing sun to get to the squash/pumkins which would grow on the ground and allowing for room to walk between the corn to pick the beans. 

Planting in a long narrow bed would mean not needing to walk on the growing area, so a linear bed would make sense as you could reach each plant variety as it cropped. Sounds like you have a good plan.

Not heard of the fourth sister, but planting four plants in a relatively close planting area, me thinks would mean them all competing for the same nurients from soil in a confined space. Sunflowers and sweetcorn have deeper root systems than beans and squash, these grow nearer the surface than sweetcorn and sunflowers which are taller plants and need a stronger anchorage to prevent them being damaged in windy weather. I'd be inclined to plant sunflowers in a differnt area but close by.      

 I'm sure someone else will be along whose tried the three sisters.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:54

Re; Azada, can feel a spend coming on, GH glass is also the priority this month though...

Stagbeetle - I've 7 fruit tree's on semi dwarfing root stock, it's a big plot so there was plenty of room to plant fruit tree's about 5-6 ft apart in two rows, you need to think about how big they'll grow when mature and space accordingly.

Sowed some pea's tonight on damp kitchen roll. 

Gg - New plot holders get an e-mail saying when to go to the allotments to choose their plot but we aren't council run.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:02

Fruitcake-Checked Amazon out......they are doing free delivery....

A guy on the allotment, had a new one last weekend, bought in a Manchester hardware store on his way home. He called it a 'land hoe' but it looked like an azada, ever so tempted...  

Garden news mag?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:12

Kitchen Garden is a good one to subscribe to, it's monthly but along with the gardening I liked the recipe's.

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:46

I live in hope, we can get unpredictably nice weather at Easter, I'm looking forward to a four day weekend and enjoying the nights drawing out. Left work at 5 today and it was, ever so nice to drive home in daylight.

No baby pepper seedlings emerging

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:34

Chillies and peppers can take a couple of weeks. Sow some more as a back up.

I've trailed those peat pockets for the first time this year, sowed some chillies on 8th March and noticed today, one seedling is already coming up. No sign of anything in the usual seed compost though.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:21

Still light when I got home so checked on garlic and onions in the GH, gave them a good water but me thinks they are heading for the GH in the sky  Sowed some more toms.

Also stopped off at a hardware store on the way home to see if they sold azada's, the guy hadn't heard of them but he was ever so helpful and checked his catalogue... none in there either but he'll  replace the handles on an old fork and a hay fork for £5 each which I thought was a good deal.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 21:35

GWRS-I've some onions/garlic in modules planted before winter and grown in the GH which can be planted out now but am going to plant the sets I've bought straight in the ground...nothing ventured nothing gained...      

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:14

Woo-Once the seedlings show take the lid off, I usually leave them for a day in the propogator then move to a window. Your toms sound ready to come out.

Brussels haven't got their second leaves yet Gg so will need to be patient but thanks for the tip. I'm already looking forward to the weekend.

GWRS...do you plant your garlic and onions straight in the ground or start in modules first? I'm thinking straight in the ground this year..

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