Hackney Permaculture


More gardening with mum

Back in late march I helped my mum to set up a few raised beds; see post here. Last month I brought over a few cuttings, seedlings and other bits and bobs to which she has added to… the results are below:

Mum with her new raised beds

Mum with her new raised beds

Potatoes growing in an old plastic bag

Potatoes growing in an old plastic bag

Lara on salad guarding duty - keeps the pigeons and squirrels away

Lara on salad guarding duty - keeps the pigeons and squirrels away

Close up on raised bed - note the twigs and trellis at the back for the peas to grow up

Close up on raised bed - note the twigs and trellis at the back for the peas to grow up. From front left clockwise - nasturtium, orache, buckler leaf sorrel, peas, calendula, spinach, lettuce, rocket, carrots and ruby chard!

Tomatoes growing in pots

Tomatoes growing in pots

Beans in a basket growing up string into a tree

Beans in a basket growing up string into a tree

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dad’s allotment and the three sisters
April 19, 2010, 6:38 pm
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I just learnt about the ‘three sisters’ companion planting last week so when my dad invited me over to have a peek at his little corner of an allotment I thought it would be good to give it a go…

One lesson learnt from the day is always carry a proper camera about with you – as you can see below the camera on my dad’s phone is AWEFUL!

…anyway – the three sisters is a trinity of plants which all assist each other to grow… sweetcorn grows tall, beans climb the sweetcorn stalks and squash provides ground cover surpressing weeds and generally being green. I would write more but wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive bit of info here, and there is more info here although it all sounds far more technical and scary than I am really into.

One thing which I learnt from my friend Hedvig from Get Growing is that you need to plant the sweetcorn bunched together in a group rather than in a single line – they need to pollinate each other, which won’t work so well in a single line.

I did not build a mound which seems to be recommended in quite a few places so watch this space to see if it works :-)