On Sun, 03 May 2009 18:47:26 -0600, Suzanne D. wrote:
Where are you located? I'm gambling a little, the usual planting time in
MA is memorial day but this week is going to be very rainy so I figured
it was worth the risk. I've only planted three tomato plants, they are
the most vulnerable to cold so if I lose them it's not a big deal, but it
they survive I'll have a head start. I'll put a few more in next weekend
and a few the weekend after that.
I am in southern Utah, zone 8-ish. The corn is the last thing I planted
(besides the other two sisters, who will come when the corn is about 5
inches tall). I probably could have planted it earlier, but I figured it
would grow slowly if it was planted to early, and would be about the same
height in a few weeks anyway. I planted it in my front yard! We can't seem
to grow grass there (the sun parches it), so I figured I'd just do corn with
drip irrigation! No point in wasting a perfectly good enormous front yard
on useless grass that will cost an arm and a leg to keep watered.
On Mon, 04 May 2009 01:31:01 -0600, Suzanne D. wrote:
Our climates are at opposite extremes, I have not enough sun and to much
water. I've had a massive wilt problem and the places where I can't grow
grass it's because there is so little sun that all that grows is moss.
I'm hoping that the three sisters method will help me because it raises
the plants up and the mounds are at a four foot distance between each
other which should improve the air flow.
On Mon, 04 May 2009 13:54:22 -0600, Suzanne D. wrote:
Have you looked into Hopi dry farming techniques? Three sisters is a
Northeastern American Indian practice. I live in Massachusetts so I
figured that it must be well adapted to local conditions, what's good
enough for the Wampanoags should be good enough for me. You live in the
desert Southwest, the native farmers in Southwest are the Hopi, their
reservation is fairly close to the Arizona-Utah border so their methods
might be better fit for you.
I intend to document my progress as I go along this summer. I'll post new
pictures to the picassa site every few weeks. If you were to do the same
we could see how well things are working in each of our very different
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