It’s been three weeks since my last post and if the corn isn’t as high as an elephant’s eye, it’s pretty darn close. Above is a picture of the Ruby Queen corn tassels, and you can see the cob forming and also some bean vines twining around the stalks.
Here’s a picture of some bean plants at the base of the corn:
Here is a problem: we have realized that if we plant the squash now, they probably won’t get enough sunlight to grow or produce well, as the corn and beans are so tall and lush. Also if we make the mounds for the squash in-between the corn/bean mounds, there will be very little (or no) room to walk, and no sense of space in the garden. The ornamental gourds we transplanted on the west/center of the garden are doing extremely well and running their vines with huge leaves through the corn and out the garden boundaries. I can see how, if we had planted the squash along with the beans, their leaves would have covered the ground enough to discourage weed growth. But, now I think we’ll have to find someplace else for the squash, or just plant them on the edges where they might get enough sun and can be allowed to expand beyond the edges of the garden.
In this picture, I’m wearing my Native American Dance Shawl I bought at a powwow in Cedar City, Utah, and at the bottom of the picture you can see the gourd plants dancing their way through the garden. Those are Tibetan prayer flags hanging across the center of the garden, dancing in the breeze.