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  • 1. Cannon Horticulture Plots: July 2012
  • 2. The 30-odd goats in the doe herd recently finished grazing the sorghum-sudangrass/lablabcover crops. Mowing would have left stalks only 6-8” high - and would be used if mulchingwere desired.
  • 3. Cowpeas (Iron and Clay) on the left; grazed sorghum-sudangrass/lablab on the right.
  • 4. The corn in the Three Sisters trial is two weeks old here. Its planted before the beans andsquash, to let the stalks establish a strong enough trellis for the beans. Soybean residue liesbetween the rows. To till just enough row width for planting...
  • 5. …Horticulture Program Assistant LukeFreeman removed the outer tines from theBCS tiller attachment. This allowed forminimal soil disturbance during plantingoperations.
  • 6. Tomatoes are planted both in a stake-and-weave system... … and in cages.
  • 7. The stake-and-weave systemuses twinebetween stakes tosupport the plants.The twine isnormally not putup until theplants are tallenough; whatsshown here is forillustrationpurposes.
  • 8. Eggplant Rye mulchPeppers: California Wonder, Jalapeño
  • 9. California Wonder pepper ripens red.
  • 10. Greens (chard) were mowed, then a plantingspace was strip-tilled for beans (Provider andContender). Drip irrigation keeps soil moistenough for the beans to sprout, even in the hotJuly weather.
  • 11. The corn has been blown down inhigh winds - not even ademonstration garden is perfect!
  • 12. Okra varieties are Evertender andBowling Red. Evertender was the topyielder in the 2008 variety trial, and iseasy to harvest.
  • 13. Cucumber varieties: Suyo Long,Homemade Pickle, Smart Pickle.Note the cattle-panel trellis for thecukes.
  • 14. Cucumber: Suyo Long
  • 15. Peanut varieties:Texas Red & White, Carwiles VirginiaSouther pea varieties:Ozark Razorback, Pinkeye Purple-hull