One thing was missing!
We already planted squash and beans this season. Two of three sisters.
Now that it feels like summer is almost over, actually the 2nd half of the season is just about to start!
The native Indians were saying that the "big spirit" sent 3 Sisters to America - I guess this is the point where my Three Sisters are sitting somewhere in Germany, England and Netherlands and make a big relieved sigh...
Squash, Beans and Corn are the 3 that like to grow together. Indeed, they give higher yields when planted together.
Now, we are kind of gambling or just giving it into the hands of the Lord, as we are planting very laaaate.
Accidentally grown Corn in Cow dung compost. Now relocated into Gopals garden.
Why do we spread 1200 Corn seeds, seeing the chances are 50/50 that the frost will hit them, before maturing?
To become self sufficient is relying to a big extent on grains. Our teacher advised us to grow grains and stock them for 2years. And meanwhile to live simple and spent more time for spiritual activities.
In the wintertime we hope to be able to travel to Florida and maybe even Texas. Especially to do a lot of Harinam. Chanting sacred mantras.
Besides the mild summer, that indicates that it could be an extended summer there is another old wisdom about corn:
"One for the blackbird, one for the crow, one for the soil and one to grow."
Hm, 1200 divided by 4 makes 300. Each plant may give between 3-7 ears (Corn kolbe). That makes... NO stop! - as we learn in the early basic of spiritual ABC (in Bhagavad Gita), we should not meditate about the fruit of our actions, expecting anything to enjoy for us, but to lay it in the hands of the Lord, just giving everything we can, with full heart and devotion.
In that sense, I imagine now that in 2 month time, I will make one fresh corn bread, just harvested from the field, grounded with a solar driven mill and warm served to our teacher, Srila Prabhupada.
I will keep you dated...