Preparing the ground for sowing corn
This year I wanted to make a "milpa." This is a term for the ancient practice of interplanting corn and other plants in a way that benefits the ecosystem. It's commonly called the "three sisters" although we have more than three sisters, and even a few cousins :) Wild raspberries and strawberries, yarrow and goldenrod for the bees, and many greens, including lamb quarters, lady thumb, and sheep sorrel, all play their parts.
Preparations for cornfield. Photo taken last November
We mow the meadow, so creeping perennials with robust root systems tend to win out. Last November, in order to kill the grass we cut a 30' x 30' section as low as possible to the ground, and then mulched heavily with grass clippings, leaves, and wood chips from a hardwood we felled nearby. This worked well to delay the emergence of grass in spring, but it didn't kill it completely.
One block of emerging popcorn
Our meadow "milpa" in late July. Winter squash, beans, nettle, and of course corn.
So far so good! Stay tuned and we will see what we get.