Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

A Bronx Urban Farm Sponsored by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

It’s been a great July!

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corn & skyline

The rooftop farm is bursting with life these days. The tomato plants are heavy with fruit, the corn is high, and the eggplant and cucumber flowers promise delicious offerings.

We planted more watermelon this year, since we had good results last season and it looks like we’ll get a bumper crop.

baby watermelon among the greenery

This season, I also planted the “Three Sisters”: corn, beans, and squash. This is a Native American tradition that has been practiced for centuries before Europeans set foot in the Americas.  The system deals with planting the three crops together. They form a symbiotic relationship and help each other through the growth process. The corn is planted first and once it has grown a few inches, the beans are planted around the base of the corn stalk.  After a week or so, the squash is planted around the beans.  The corn gives support to the bean vine, which in turn releases much needed nitrogen into the soil while the broad and prickly squash leaves provide shade and weed control and deter creatures from eating the corn.

For more information, feel free to visit the following sites:

http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/get-activities/signature-projects/the-three-sisters-exploring-an-iroquois-garden/how-to-plant-the-three-sisters/

http://www.iroquoismuseum.org/three_sisters.htm

young corn & squash3 sisters up close

It’s a bit difficult to see the beans among the corn and squash, but they are climbing up the corn stalk.

 

marigolds and corn

Please stay tuned for more updates on the rooftop farm!

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