Today I planted my tiny garden. It’s only a 4’x4′ raised bed, and this year I have decided to plant what the Native Americans called “The Three Sisters” – corn, beans, and squash. The corn provides a pole for the beans to climb. The beans fix nitrogen, and the squash provides a layer of shade to slow evaporation. The squash is also said to provide those little stickers to keep out the bad guys (wascawy wabbits?) , but I don’t know how effective that is.

Of course I did it all wrong. I planted all three today, and that was my first mistake. I should have held off on the beans and squash, so I will wait until they come up, pluck them out, and replant when the time is right (i.e., when the corn is 4″ tall). I have plenty of seeds, since the seed vendors never expect that some dolt is going to try to put out a 16 square foot garden.

The second mistake I may have made was that it’s probably still too early. It got down to freezing last night, and I expect it will again sometime. Oh well. I have lots of corn seed too.

The third mistake is that my garden is too small to effectively pollinate corn. I have read that you need a 10×10 foot area. My plan is to make three more raised beds and arrange them in a square, but I will need three more yards of soil for that. Dunno where I’m going to get it either. The raised bed I do have I made by dry laying a stone wall, and then filling that in with the yard of topsoil the contractor left here when the house was built. I guess I could order a truck load, but I don’t know if they would even consider delivering three yards.

My fourth mistake… has yet to be pointed out, but I’m sure there is one.

In other news, the Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis‎) finally opened today, so I logged that. This is the first time I’ve noted when it opened. Before, I stumbled upon it sometime in June, well after the bloom opened.

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