March 16th 2010  (Happy Birthday Renee!!!)

— entry by Darryl 

Renee on top of 4 orchard grass bales. Our friends, the Dinos, have loaned us this truck to use on the
farm, what a great help it is!

We have been busy trying to get the weeds under control and preparing the garden for the spring planting. Last week, Renee and I cleared one of the goat pens next to the main garden. I then roto-tilled it. This year we plan to plant “three sisters” in that area. The “three sisters” consist of corn, beans and squash. This technique was originally practiced by Native Americans.

We will be doing several plantings of corn, maybe 2 weeks apart. After the corn is a 3 or 4 inches tall, we will add the beans and squash. The beans will use the corn stocks for support, and since they are legumes, they will fix nitrogen and enhance the soil. The squash will  shade the soil and keep the weeds from getting out of control. Although this will not give the highest yield for the different species, it should help eliminate the need for chemical pest and weed control. This kind of plant strategy is called companion planting or plant guild planting and is a important component of the permaculture approach to farming.