Corn and beans both like full sun, and while the beans use the corn’s structure to sun themselves, their numerous tiny leaves don’t shade out the corns long narrow leaves. the narrowness of the corn leaves also don’t shade the beans. However, the combined mass of all of the corn and beans together provide a dynamic and dappled light for the winter squash, which changes throughout the day, never oversunning or overshadowing the broad flat leaves of the squash plant. Dave Jacke lectures about this really well, diving into how there are two kinds of shadows, umbra and penumbra, and draws diagrams of the sun and moon, it's really lovely. Highly recommend it.
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So there you have it. We named this blog after this garden model because it's so basic and no-fuss, yet highly interconnected and beautifully abundant. It's built to flourish on North American soils, just like us. The sum equals a whole lot more than the parts. This relates right in to what we're all working to foster in our communities.