Seed Swaps

Weeding, Planting and Hilling

27 May 2012
Cloudy 25°C / 77°F

Had a lovely afternoon in the vegetable garden today. Weeded the kohlrabi bed (the plants are still too small to be able to mulch in there), weeded the rows in the pea and spinach beds for the cucumbers, cleaned the spinach roots out of one bed, then planted pickling cucumbers already started (but still quite young) in coir pots, and salad cucumbers from seed (since the ones I tried to start in coir pots didn’t germinate). I also added topsoil to the blue potato bed to try and hill them up a bit and planted bush beans in there too. Managed to get half the beet/onion bed weeded before the perspiration dripping onto my glasses made it too difficult to see. One of these days I’ll have time to get at the flowerbeds, but it doesn’t look as though it will be any time soon. Tomorrow I’ll order the lumber for the last of the vegetable beds and hopefully they’ll be in place this week.

I do have a question. When you plant climbing beans with corn, at what point in time do you plant the seeds? My corn is only 3-4 inches high at the moment and I’m afraid that if I plant the beans too soon, they will smother the corn plants.




Sounds like a productive day! I like your priorities. :)
This site ( offers a great description of how to set up a 3 sisters bed, and here’s what they recommend:
“When the corn is 4 inches tall, its time to plant the beans and squash. First, weed the entire patch. Then plant 4 bean seeds in each corn mound. They should be 3 in apart from the corn plants, completing the square as shown in Diagram #3.”

Posted on 28 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

@redloon – thanks. I’ll follow those directions. I’m only doing corn and beans, no squash as the beds are only 4 feet by 4 feet. Wish me luck! I’ve never grown climbing beans or corn before, so it’s a new thing for me.

Posted on 28 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

I am lazy with my three sisters and plant the corn and beans at the same time. As long as it’s not modern beans (really vigorous) with heirloom corn it seems to work well so I think you would be fine to plant now (when the books will tell you you are “supposed” to.)

Posted on 28 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

I was just wondering ‘almost’ the same type of thing. :-) I am going to try growing my lemon cucumbers beside my sunflowers so they can climb the stems. The sunflowers are about 6-7 inches tall and spindly right now and the cucumbers are in pots and sprouted and about an inch tall. Just waiting for the sunflowers to thicken up.before planting the cucumbers out.
sounds like a very productive day. :-)

Posted on 31 May 12 (almost 4 years ago)

@glgardener – won’t it be interesting to see the cucumbers climb the sunflowers! The stalks on sunflowers get like trees, sometimes so I’m sure they can handle the cucumbers.

Posted on 31 May 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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