today we are planted our indian corn. or rather my sons and grand daughters planted it. i dont even have to tell my sons how to work. they learned how when they were little. i had to do all the planting until they got big enough to help me. they grew up helping me garden, raising chickens and cutting wood for our home. we even raised several pigs to butcher.
yesterday we used our corn sheller to separate the kernels from the corn cob. we got more corn seed than i realized we had. we soaked the corn seed over night. soaking the seed helps give it a head start in the germination process. i used rain water from our rain barrels. it isnt harsh and full of chemicals like our tap water.
the garden was already tilled. all that needed to be done was set up a string line to make sure the rows were fairly straight. then someone dragged a hoe down the row creating a furrow to put the seeds in. we had the grand daughters drop some corn seed in. an old man once said that when young girls plant the seed it will be a good crop.
after the seeds were planted, they were covered over with soil. we plant it deep enough that the birds wont up root them. i dropped sun flower seeds in the rows. sunflowers are a companion crop to corn. after awhile that job was taken over by others. i didnt want to over do it.
my sons kept at it until they got the whole field planted. we have 16 rows of Indian corn planted. the rows are 105 feet long. again i say no maybe, might, gonna. it is planted. it is suppose to rain tonight and maybe for the next few days. we will catch the spring rains that are coming.
hopefully we get a good crop. we have only been getting about 3 gallons of dried corn a year for the past 3 years. we could use a good year like the year before these years. we had 13 gallons that year. one year we had 16 gallons. we depend on our dried corn in ceremonies. it is one of our sacred foods.
we also eat some at thanksgiving and christmas dinners. and at other times too. we like the taste of our corn so much. thats why we are willing to put in the work to have it. to us nothing tastes as good as our indian corn. even the kids like it. when we are drying it, they will sit there eating several ears of corn while we work.
i will wait to plant my indian beans and squash. the corn should be a coupla inches high before planting the indian beans. the squash is planted after that. i like to dry them and store them for the year too.
the other night i burned off the piles of leaves in my sema field. it killed off the weeds growing there and saved me from raking the leaves up. today i noticed a few sema plants coming up. i scattered some seeds anyway. i figure with the rains coming i can get some plants to grow.
its nice to have everything planted. well i may still plant a few more things. but thats another day.