|High as an elephant's eye?|
|More turf bites the dust - this yard's for growin!|
|Within two weeks of planting, corn was looking like corn. Sweet!|
|My 'Three Sisters' garden begins to take shape in July, as viewed from the deck.|
|Zucchini growing happily in the shade of the corn.|
|The ornamental qualities of the corn at all stages of growth was a pleasant surprise. She's a looker!|
So, the big question... did it work? Well, yes and no. Nothing is perfect, as I'm always reminded by my garden. The zucchini produced beautifully throughout late July, but then suffered in the heat and humidity, afflicted with terrible powdery mildew and all but halting flowering and fruiting. The corn is still growing, and has in fact produced cobs.
|The first cobs of corn begin to form in late July - success?|
Success! (I think.) I'm unsure of when to pick them, as they're quite small, and I'm not confident they'll fully ripen. The beans were planted very late, but are climbing happily and beginning to form flowers. I think I'll get some before summers' end, which is approaching much more quickly than I'd prefer! Overall, I'm proud of my Three Sisters experiment, and I'm looking forward to modifying and repeating the process next season. Homegrown corn may not be in my kitchen as of yet this summer, but thankfully, there's plenty of local gold to enjoy, courtesy of Ontario farmers much more talented than I!