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Post  Chopper on 6/3/2014, 9:46 pm

One thing I did learn the hard way is that it is best to wait until the corn is several inches high before planting the beans or the corn will not be able to support it.

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Post  giant_trainer on 6/3/2014, 9:49 pm

I can do that... thanks for the tip!
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Post  dayhut on 6/3/2014, 10:44 pm

@giant_trainer wrote:Dayhut and Kay....

I think I will.  I'll be looking for the seed tomorrow!

Thanks!
Nothing could be simpler.
I did mine in about 30 minutes.

To be fair, I had prepped the soil several weeks ago. 
I layed humus, cardboard and soil on the plot and watered in the interim. This sweetens the soil. Then I perforated the cardboard with my Garden Claw.
Finally, I went to mounding my growing mix on top.

Planting was simple, too. Since I chose a bush bean, I sowed all the seed at once - instead of staggering the planting as is the case when using pole beans. I also know some people sow soft/summer/bush squash, like zucchini or crookneck. The aim is for the squash to shade the plot to discourage weeds and offer it's prickly stems as defense against pests. Flexibility is allowed.  Laughing 

Again, pretty quick and simple. Hopefully this will encourage you!
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Post  Turan on 4/14/2017, 12:35 pm

Reading back through this thread brings such good memories.  I am tempted to do it again. 
My plan this year is to grow a full bed of Hooker's Indian sweer corn and a berm next to it of winter squash.  I have a problem with beans growing but getting frosted just as they come into full production, so I have been growing them in the greenhouse.  So maybe for the sake of fun I should plant some Hidatsa Sheild Figure beans among the corn.  It being a native near here it might do well.   


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Post  sanderson on 4/14/2017, 10:56 pm

Pretty beans. Makes sense to grow regional corn.

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