Jack Edmondson wrote:Beware the fish bowl effect. Going down into a profile of clay soil with good soil may result in water with no way to drain. The roots may drown. They like moisture but need air, and will drown if submerged. Make sure the hole's side walls are permeable or stay at ground level.
Dig a few test holes and fill with water. How long does it take to drain? hours or days?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I always plant corn into clay. It thrives. I highly recommend not planting into pots, whether those pots be a hole dug into clay, or a 5 gallon bucket. In their natural state, corn roots extend about as deep underground as the stalk is high, and about that far outwards. The mound should be thought of more as a place for the seed to germinate than as a place for it to grow.
Ann Torrence wrote:And here, because of our wind and aridity, I have much better success if I make a waffle pattern in the plot and plant the corn an inch or so below grade, because that holds the moisture for germination just a little bit longer. I do circles about a foot in diameter, plant 4 corn seeds and thin to 2-3 if they all come up. I went into my 3 sisters strategy in depth on my blog a couple years ago. Kind of a rant on using the method to grow sweet corn, zucchini and string beans is akin to using a vacuum cleaner to cook a turkey but also some other observations about density, etc.
Brandon Greer wrote:
I am actually curious about the nixtamlization process which you mentioned and posted in another thread (http://www.permies.com/t/46365/cooking/Making-Hominy-Wood-Ash-Lye) asking about the risks associated with it. I am guessing that it didn't burn a hole in your stomach after eating?
I'm also curious if your goats liked the squash or perhaps you found another use for it? I am not a huge fan of it but like the idea that it keeps out critters but what to do with all the squash? I still haven't decided.