Garden Questions of the Week
“Do you know if the hummingbirds will be tracked this year? The site still has the ‘09 map on it.” -Yes! But the tracking doesn’t start until the end of February. Great website to follow the hummingbirds as they migrate north. (www.hummingbirds.net)
“Why did my concord grapes not all ripen at the same time? We lost quite a few due to uneven ripening.” -Some grape selections are more prone to uneven ripening than others, and concord is one of them. Many factors can influence this – extremely warm summers, extended periods of cooler temps, lack of fertilization, competition from weeds and other vegetation, improper pruning, bugs, weed killers – these are some of the factors that can play a role.
“I heard you talking about planting sisters in the garden. What was that?” -It’s called The Three Sisters, and is a form of the original companion planting. Native Americans would plant a clump of corn. Then as the corn was growing, planted beans at the base with squash outside the beans. The corn was support for the beans, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn and squash, and the squash provided a root protection for the corn and beans. And when eaten together, they form a complete protein. Thus, The Three Sisters.
[The colder the x-ray table the more of your body is required to lay on it.]