90 Days or Less - We Grow 3 Sisters & More December 12 2021
Crops we grow in our short, more or less 90-day growing season in the mountains of Montana
(Organic Seed Preferred When Available)
THREE SISTERS - Corn, squash, and beans are time-proven companion plants that thrive together.
- The Alpine Varietal that we developed from Painted Mountain Corn, always "knee high by the fourth of July"
- Black Coco dry beans
- Spaghetti Squash, the only storeable winter squash that has a chance
PROVIDER BUSH GREEN BEANS
- Cold soil germination
- Bush plant resists wind and storm damage
- Robust growth and extremely prolific production
(One box of many)
- Cold soil germination
- Robust growth in widely varied poor soil types
- Flavorful, tender, round roots - dependable, tried and true
RUSSET & RED POTATOES
These always do well - we use our own left-over stored potatoes from the previous year for seed or we buy from local, certified, organic sources. If you could observe how Big Ag GMO potatoes are grown you would never eat another commercial potato. Also Purple Viking is very good if you can find it.
We are not a fan of Yukon Gold. To limit disease, always plant separately from other crops and in plots where potatoes have not been recently grown.
GOLD BALL TURNIPS
Plant for fall crop to avoid boring insects. Akin to rutabaga and stores well.
We generally avoid the cruciferous family because they attract insects. Some years we make 5, 10 or 15 gallons of sauerkraut and get the cabbage from friends who have a local organic farm.
The Provider Green Beans and Zucchinis in particular are great producers. They keep going. The more you pick the more they produce. Eight ball zucchini grow multiples at the same time.
Zucchini Squashes generally thrive. The most prolific are Jackpot, Eight Ball and Black OP. Of course we prefer open pollinated but there is nothing inherently wrong with F1 hybrids. If you save hybrids for seed, they don’t necessarily breed true. You might get something different. The squash family easily cross-breeds. Some years we get spectacular crosses that we could never replicate again. This is an area where I relax and have some some fun and indulge some joie de vivre.
Zucchinis can reach huge size if you let them run on for seed. Otherwise keep them picked as they are best eaten when smaller.
I personally like the big striped Costada Romanesco, the name being expansively evocative of the sunny Italian countryside.
Click here for a little flavor: https://youtu.be/8WNZWWTTtzw
It reminds me of the fruits of Western Civilization that are our heritage and birthright - that must be passed on to the next generation lest they be lost in the annals of history.
My Final Observations:
Seeds are priceless in times of tyranny.
Grounded in our common heritage, keep stocking quality seed that is proven to produce in your local AO.
Stay frosty, but keep on the sunny side.
26 November 2021
Somewhere in the Mountains of the Free State of Montana
P.S. Imagine a world free from the parasites of society. Coming soon: "How To Live Free on the Sunny Side of Life - in the Face of Tyranny"