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Harvesting the 3 Sisters Garden

October 6th, 2009

It was a beautiful day yesterday so I decided to go to my mom’s yesterday to harvest my 3 sisters garden. The corn has been drying on the stalks for a few weeks now and I figured I’d better pick it before the next rain storm comes.
I picked all the corn and some of the beans that were growing up the corn stalks. I haven’t weighed or counted the corn yet, so I can’t tell you how much I got. I think I’ll wait and weigh it when it’s dry.
I also harvested some of the squash that was growing through the corn, the pumpkins I picked last week were also growing around the corn.
Lucy had a great time, she loves “Goin’ to Gramma’s”. She got to bask in the sun while I was harvesting and she got to stick her head out the window on the car ride! You just can’t get any better than sunny with a high of 63 for gardening, I would rate it as the perfect gardening day!

What’s your favorite kind of gardening weather?

Harvesting Fall Beans

October 1st, 2009

I’m starting to harvest those beans that I started back in August.
It seems that I’ve protected them well enough from the groundhogs & deer (knock on wood of course, my luck I’ll go out later today and they’ll all be gone). I’m hoping with some protection from the cold and perhaps some cooperation from mother nature I’ll be eating fresh green beans for a month or so. Although since we had our first frost advisory last night, which is 2 weeks earlier than usual, I may not be eating fresh beans all that long.
Last year I didn’t have many veggies besides lettuce at this time. This year I didn’t get my lettuce started until last week, so I’m really happy to have these beans!

What fresh veggies are you enjoying from your garden right now?

Three Sisters Garden Harmony

September 25th, 2009

So far my 3 sisters garden has been doing really well at my mom’s house. The beans started blooming a few weeks ago, so I snapped this photo because I thought it was quite lovely how they work together.
Since the corn is planted close together I can’t get into the middle of the patch to pick beans. So I decided to let the beans mature into shelling beans. When I harvest the corn it should be time to harvest the shelling beans as well. Since it’s our popcorn it will stay on the stalks until it’s dry.

Anyone else trying the 3 sisters garden, or another method of companion planting?

Harvesting Beans

August 23rd, 2009

Remember those pole beans I planted in June? I’m harvesting them now. The Dragon Tongue beans are quite lovely and the Kentucky Wonder Pole beans are quite tasty.
In the winter I like my green beans with bacon, onions, and garlic cooked till their soft, but in the summer fresh beans need only a little steaming and a drizzle of olive oil.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy green beans?

Planting Pole Beans

June 15th, 2009

This is my first year growing a lot of things, like beans. I’m growing bush beans (2 kinds) and pole beans (2 kinds). My beets aren’t quite ready to harvest yet, although if whatever varmint keeps getting into them and eating them keeps it up, I’ll be pickling baby beets. My beet bed is where the bush beans will be going, but I really didn’t have a place for the pole beans. I have a trellis, but it’s currently covered in peas, clematis, hops and soon birdhouse gourds as well.
Terracotta pots
So I decided to grow my pole beans in a pot with a trellis, you can see the two pots there with the black trellises in them. They should be really beautiful in those pots filling them up quickly. I’m not sure where the pots will go yet, but they’ll look lovely wherever I put them. (this is my pot holding area, some of these will be moved to other locations throughout the gardens)
Bean Sprouts
Several days ago I wrapped the seeds in a wet rag and let them sit overnight. By the next morning they had all started to germinate, so into the pots they went. I planted them the day before yesterday and this morning I noticed the first sprout starting to pop up. By the end of the day it was standing tall and starting to unfurl it’s first set of leaves.
Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean Sprouts
I’m growing Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans and Dragon Tongue beans. Hopefully in a week or two I’ll be starting the bush beans in the raised bed. I’m hoping for a good bean crop this year for canning, we’ll see if the local wildlife finds them as tasty as the peas.

What kinds of beans do you grow?


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.