Three Sister’s Garden, Late August

Three sisters

My Three sister’s garden is turning brown.  We’ve harvested some corn, but it’s not so sweet.  A beautiful yellow but nothing like the Sweet Corn we get from the Moses Farm Stand nearby.  I think we picked them too late.  A few of the ears we picked early were sweeter and crisper.   But the donkeys and Chloe and the hens will enjoy what corn we did grow.  And they’ll like the stalks too, once their all done.

We did get one Zucchini  and a lot of male flowers, which a friend took and fried up with some pork.

And we ate the sting beans and sweet peas each morning as we looked to see what was growing.

The cucumbers growing up the pasture fence are more round than long, but very tasty.   I transplanted one of the few tomato plants that survived from seeds and it’s growing a small but I’m sure to be delicious tomato, even if it’s just because it’s so fresh.

And if you look at the center of the photo, you can see one of three pumpkins.  The other two are still green, but this one is already turning orange.

My garden didn’t bare enough fruit even for a whole meal, but it gave us the sense of the possibility.  And the delight of watching the vegetables grow and eating some of them fresh off the vine.

It’s the first step in a long term commitment.  Jon and I  both want to expand the garden next year.  I’m thinking of starting some of  the plants early, inside the house, then transplanting them.

My Three Sister’s Garden has been a joy and a wonder to me.  And now that it’s winding down, it seems just as beautiful.   So complete in its small ecosystem.  So certain, how it sprang from the earth, grew lush and green and is now dying back.

Even if it is unseasonably hot and wet here, the earth is still getting ready for winter’s sleep.   And I can see it all in my Three Sister’s Garden.


4 thoughts on “Three Sister’s Garden, Late August

  1. With all that composted manure you should be able to grow some amazing winter squash. Try Butternut and Delicata, both have always been supper successful for me and I think they are the tastiest. Next year’s garden is always the best yet!

  2. Hi, Maria–

    FWIW, you may well have picked your corn too late, but the other thing that can take away the sweetness is if you plant it within one hundred feet of some other kinds of corn varieties, it will goof up the cross polination and take away the sweet flavor. Thought you might like to know. But isn’t it such fun to grow?? 🙂


    1. That’s interesting Anne, We are surrounded by cow corn, but it’s further away than 100ft. Still….. And yes, I loved growing it. Next year I’ll pick it sooner.

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