Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm starting to get my soil ready for planting this year. And I'm on this huge obsession of growing good corn. Sure, corn is still dirt cheap in the store. Most of the time. But - it's really hard to find good looking corn these days. I guess all that goes out to ethanol production.

Since I'm completely organic - not organ-ish - I've been trying to find all these natural ways to feed it through the growing season. I don't have a big growing space, so adding compost after they are knee high is not optimal.

One way I read - farmers plant soybean in the fields on the off growing season. But I figure maybe I would just companion garden them with the corn. Last year I did a row of corn, a row of onions, and that actually worked out really well for the onions. They can get burnt in my area from the oppressive sun in the summers.


The thing about soybeans....they are delicious. And everything on the planet thinks so. Everything. Take a poll! Once they get wet, they are basically edamame.

I've grown them before, and they turn you into an insane neighbor. You are out at night picking off pincher bugs and pill bugs with a flashlight. If the slugs don't wipe you out first.


  1. I don't know if you like squash, but another way to plant corn so you have all of the right nutrients in the soil is to go the route of the 3 sisters.

    Corn, squash and a climbing bean planted with some fish (mmm).

  2. Huh. That's something interesting to consider. I'm not much on squash, but I like the cukes.