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Re: Can You Grow Corn in Small Spaces?

In a message dated 1/11/01 8:27:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, libby@igc.org 

> I find hex spacing really hard without a template, so I plant a row 
>  and then plant the next row so that each seed is right between two of 
>  the seeds in the first row.
>       x    x    x    x    x    x
>                  x    x    x    x    x    x
>           approximately
>  Libby

Great minds, or something... that's exactly what I do when I direct seed 
bigger plots, and it works great. Actually, I space to that pattern with a 
hoe when I thin rather than seed in that pattern. When I have room, I've have 
good success with a version of the '3 sisters', half-runner or 'corn field' 
beans (I got an heirloom variety from my aunt) with the corn and squash 
family as a ground cover between 'blocks' of 3 rows of corn. I especially 
like using winter squashes that you can harvest early as a summer squash (we 
have borer problems with zukes and crooknecks).


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