the inside group includes
- lima beans
- pink flour corn
- bulbing fennel
in regards to planting i think i'll be clustering the corn, melons and beans together. i figure it worked for the native american indians in the hot hot plains of arizona, why not here? well maybe because they had dry rather than humid conditions but what the heck we'll give it a try just the same. i've got three types of climbing beans, two types of corn and four types of melon. i've not had great luck here with corn in the past. i'm going to try this year with some of the rich chickenpoo fed compost to see if that makes a difference.
i'm going to mix the amaranth with various flowers hoping to trick the flea beetles into thinking there's nothing of interest to eat in the area. we'll see how well that goes. i'd like to trellis a few of the cucumber plants with my climbing roses. i figure the established roses will serve as a strong initial support system. it could be a bad idea, i have to check into disease and such to make sure i'm not setting myself up for disaster.
i'm going to try the tomatoes in a bed deeply enriched with chickenpoo compost as well. we'll see if that gets them jet ready for a big harvest. i've got to get them out as early as possible considering the early heat onset we experienced last year. it got so hot so early that the poor darlings could not set, not even at night.
i'd love to find goods in order to build two superbig teepees for additional beans and vining plants. i'm thinking the 12' or 16' size poles. i've built them with smaller goods but the beans quickly overtake the size of the teepee and flop over themselves. i hope to find the goods locally because i think shipping costs alone could make it hard to justify the cost. this may be another drive around the area and pick up sticks along the side of the road gig. hey, it's never been beyond me up to this point...
i think the shape of things may be shifting this year. i'm thinking more and more it's time to change the layout of the current veggie garden along with the addition of several more beds. the plan reveals itself a bit more each day. i ponder then i let it go and allow my subconscious to work on it while i'm busy with other tasks. it will come, i trust that much.
anyway, i've got to prep for travel. another busy working weekend. how's your garden planning shaping up?