Thanks Bryant and Trace! Bryant, the struggle I have with that planting approach is that if I don't start the corn, beans and squash at the same time, I won't get any squash. They all go in the ground around the first week of June here. They need to be wrapping things up by early September or they die. For instance, if I plant corn on June 1 and then beans June 21 then squash July 7, the squash probably won't mature much fruit in 9 weeks.
I realize that's just one plant combination and I could apply it to other ones on my list. Unfortunately I don't want to have to figure out every advantageous relationship among all my annuals to plant them deliberately. I was hoping that polyculture (for annuals) would allow me to not think so hard and let nature do the work.
Maybe I'm just not seeing it yet?
Thanks Trace! I am happy with how it looks and works now. I figured if going from big beds to littler half beds looked/worked better, I should keep going further towards polyculture...