3 or 4 sisters planting adviceContributors to this thread:
Each year I tend to waste time, money and effort trying something new in my food plots, and this year I plan to attempt a "Four Sisters" planting. I would love to have some advice with do's and don'ts from those who have attempted it in the past. I have in mind a 4 acre plot and a couple of 2 acre plots and have procured most of the seed already. My concoction will include 5 pounds of Trucker's Favorite corn, 5 pounds of rattlesnake pole beans, 3 pounds of butternut squash and 5 pounds of iron and clay or red ripper peas per acre. After working the ground I intend to fertilize as per soil test recommendations before planting and "side dress" with 150-200 pounds of ammonium nitrate when the corn is knee high. I toyed with the idea of planting the corn with my planter and coming back with the rest of the seed a couple of weeks later but I can't figure out how to incorporate the remainder of the seed, and to my knowledge, no herbicide would be appropriate. I guess I will broadcast the entire mix, cover it lightly and pray for the best. Any of you who have done this have any suggestions? This is liable to be a foolish, expensive endeavor so any advice that would contribute to its success would be appreciated. Thanks. Keith
You could apply Me2Lacholr pre-emerge herbicide. That would keep grasses and small seeded broadleaf weeds at bay for about 6 weeks while you main crops get started. I got mine at the local farm store
Corn doesn't like competition;I would plant it separate.I use round-up ready and spray when it is about 1' high.
My advice (since you're on the fence) would be to try the mixture/technique on a 1/4 acre off to the side for this year. Could even try your idea of over seeding the corn 2-weeks later on a separate, smaller plot and try that as well. If it does great, you have your answer. If it doesn't, minimal harm done and you still have your answer.
Id be careful using that much ammonium nitrate, unless you are for sure your going to get plenty of rain. The corn will be toast if it gets dry. I agree planting it separate. Also to make sure that plot see's plenty of sun.