|Arrowleaf Balsamroot in bloom, Summerland, BC|
Squash, cucumbers, and zucchini will fill the spaces between staggered stands of corn, which in turn will support bean plants. The large leaves of the vine plants shades the soil, keeping it moist for the corn and beans. We didn't make mounds for the corn, since we have a dry climate and the linked article above says that flat ground is better in dry areas. We haven't had too much rain in April, so we will have to stay dedicated to the sprinkler for the germination period.
|Stock tank raised beds - first one is growing spinach|
|Aurinia saxatilis in my perennial bed|
I am hoping to go to the Summerland Ornamental Gardens spring plant sale this year. They promise unusual plants and some interesting varieties of tomatoes, from what I can see on their Facebook page. Besides being a great place to pick up uncommon plants not seen at garden centers, this is a fundraiser for one of my favourite gardens! It should make for good Mother's Day shopping too!