Friday, 25 May 2012
Irises, three sisters and a long awaited gage...
I was only there to water but couldn't stop myself from digging a small patch over and planting a 3 sisters bed. This is a Native American Indian planting technique. Squash, corn and beans are all planted together, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil, the spreading squash leaves shade the earth and suppress weeds and the corn acts as a support for the beans.
To make this traditional approach my own, I have planted speckled borlotti beans, a steel blue pumpkin called blue ballet and a rather unusual sweet corn called strawberry popcorn. The cobs are dark red and small and apparently they make brilliant popcorn. We'll see. I might just hang them up in the kitchen. This year's late cold snap could have been fatal for fruit tree blossoms but thankfully both my apples have tiny fruits (a russset and a spartan) and after five years my greengage has finally fruited. It's been a long wait.
There was just time to scatter a few seeds from an Italian salad mix (rocket, basil, oak leaf lettuce, broccoli raab and red dandelion) and pick herbs, chard and salad leaves for my paella party tonight. Not forgetting 3 big heads of cabbage for making kimchi in my new fermenting crock.