The three sisters beside the banana trees
We Trialled this method and had some interesting results!
The three sisters is a traditional method of companion planting three plants: climbing beans, corn and squash together in the same growing area.
The gourd grew over everything and we had to hack it back heavily but it came back for vengeance and grew out of the greenhouse instead!
Two different sweetcorn varieties growing either side of the beans. This was a bad idea, they cross pollinated! The cobs were beautiful to look at but earthy in flavour, not sweet enough and the texture was a bit chewy! Not all of the cobs were effected and the other were really delicious. The yellow ‘Double Standard’ variety being our favourite. Next year we will stick to just the one!
The beans eventually grew massively over the bamboo setup, and also made it up some of the sweetcorn. The squash plants started okay but failed mainly because I didn’t put them in til mid summer.
Next Spring we will be sticking to just one variety of sweetcorn to avoid cross pollination!
Return to The Edible Garden
2019 is our first summer having the Polytunnel and we’re sharing our successes and failures that came along with it. We have absolutely loved it and couldn’t have hoped for better results when it comes to our growing goals. We did come across some challenges including Managing the Environment. But we also learnt that we’re able… Read more
We’re sharing our experience from start to finish including which plants we used, compost, fertiliser and a review of the whole process. Including failures!
We have been busy for the last couple of months growing our seedlings indoors and transferring them to the tunnel in preparation for various growing projects.
Summer 2018 Before we went for it and installed the tunnels we did a lot of research and tried to avoid the common fails, but we still had some epic ones including ripping a hole in the plastic! Luckily for us we already had the steel hoops in the ground as it was used many… Read more
In summer 2018 we invested in two 22m long polytunnels which we use to over winter plants, start seedlings off and house young plants. Maintaining a constant temperature inside the tunnel is difficult as we currrently do not have any heating system in place. Ideas for next winter especially, we are considering an indoor compost… Read more
Misty mornings and a continuous fire means winter is well on its way. This is our first winter on the land, and we have semi-prepared. November has been an interesting month in the garden, bringing us great crops! we harvested the remainder of our chilli and sweet pepper plants and had a huge amount of… Read more
From City to Rural Homegrownandhopeful is the start of a a new chapter in which we said yes to an amazing opportunity to change our life from city to rural. We have taken on a small plot of land in the beautiful South of England where we are growing our own fruit and vegetables, and… Read more