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Three and Four Sisters Garden

In Improvements on June 30, 2013 at 12:36 am

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The traditional Iroquois native-American system for companion planting has corn, runner beans, and pumpkins planted together so that the beans climb up the support of the corn stalks while the pumpkin/squash leaves shade out weeds ~ the Anasazi tradition in the American desert south-west used a fourth sister, Cleome serrulata (Rocky Mountain beeplant), as a pollinator-attracting flower.

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mounded ~ especially for corn, pumpkins and squash, raised mounds are warmer, allow the plants feet to avoid being too wet, and allow for air circulation between plants to help prevent mildew and fungus in the humid mid-Atlantic Summer

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planted ~ the stakes mark those mounds planted with a hybrid yellow sh2 (super sweet) corn ‘Vision’ ~ when the corn is about 6″ high, scarlet runner beans are planted around each corn plant, and on 6 of the empty mounds, simultaneous to bean planting, will go a mix of ‘Marina da Chioggia’, ‘Kakai’, and ‘Speckled Hound’ heirloom pumpkins (for harvest around October 5th)~ the remaining 4 mounds will be planted with Cleome serrulata

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July 30th Update:

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August 23rd Update:

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Ben & Jerry’s Block Party

In Events, Happy Moments, Partners on June 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

BJ2This Saturday we hosted 200 volunteers on the Farm, a moonbounce, music, free tacos from Rito Loco, and free Ben & Jerry’s icecream featuring the roll-out of DC’s own flavor ~ Capitol Chill: chocolate icecream with Divine Chocolate conrnflake clusters, marshmallow and caramel swirls, and Rout 11 sweet potato chips!







“Beans, Beans, are Good for your Heart…”

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

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“Beans, beans, are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you… ” wait… with the Mexican herb epazote, we don’t need to finish that rhyme! Planted and then harvested by our Pre-Schoolers and Pre-Kindergartners, these are Asian yard-long beans with ‘Tongue of Fire’, ‘Provider’, and ‘Royal Burgundy’ bush beans, and ‘Fortex’ pole beans

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‘Fortex’ pole beans spiraling counter-clockwise up the pentapods until… we harvest them, thereby thwarting any Darwinian/Coriolis/circumnutation/twining chirality debate!