Sowin corn

Today is the fifth day of June, a little late to plant corn, but so long as we get mulch on in time everything should be fine. The moon is in Scorpio which means it’s a good planting day, so we’re sowing our first four rows of corn.

We always garden by the signs, unless the weather is so severe as to be unsafe or dangerous. June 5th, for example had thunderstorms and nearly an inch of water forecast for the entire day, yet it remained nearly perfect for direct sowing; high of 83°F, rain before sunrise, then overcast and a few drizzles, followed by rain later in the day. We had the seeds in by 10am, when it was still only about 70°F, allowing the temperature to rise as the seed absorbs the first moisture since its harvest.

Hand sown corn
It was a nice overcast day in early June, with a few drizzles, perfect to keep the soil moist. Slim is sowing all the corn by hand. These 2-3 seedlings will be thinned to just one as the weeks progress.

This corn was developed in 1848 from Native American seed stock, and is possibly one of the oldest varieties of corn still grown today. We are proud to introduce Stowell’s Evergreen into our garden being the first of three pre-Colombian heirlooms to be grown here. This garden is a glimpse of ancient tradition that will help to grow a new economy and build a better world.

On the next good sign, we will plant the Squash companion in the neighboring bed so they can have space, yet be close enough to spread underneath the corn. Once all the seedlings emerge, we will thin them out. weed between the rows, and apply compost to the squash beds, and mulch the beds. When the corn is tall enough, roughly 12 inches, we sow the beans, which are early germinators and vigorous growers, around the young corn stalks. In a week or two, the beans will easily poke up through the mulch and begin to climb the corn stalks, which had a head start, while fertilizing the soil around the corn. The three crops will grow together until the last Squash harvest, when they are all finally chopped to the ground, chopped up in a big pile and composted for the winter crops to feed on.

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