Just came inside mere steps ahead of heavy rainstorm.
Tuned the compost pile (we polished of a dozen ears of corn among 2 adults and 2 little kids yesterday -- lots of husks and cobs had to go out so might as well put then on the bottom of the pile) Layered in with some of the $5 bale of straw I got yesterday as well the latest bucket of drowned weeds, so the compost is double in size It was 105Ã‚ÂºF (so really could've waited for it to cool down but the pile was a little too green last time and too wet so I figured it could use the extra brown and will soon heat back up again).
Didn't get to dig the potatoes or plant the peas, but, remember the corn I sowed on Monday? I sowed them under the bush beans. That was the spot I wanted to grow fall corn but the bush beans were still going strong; yet, I was running out of time to sow the corn. Really had to strain my noggin for this one, but hit upon this solution to sow the corn and let the beans continue to produce until the corn sprouted.
Well, today, peeking under the bean bushes for ready-to-pick beans, I saw 1" and 2" corn seedlings! So after a week of bean production, these plants were unceremoniously cut down. Stripped of every little bean and off to the compost pile they went, with another layer of straw covering them on top. Corn is a good one for this method because they need to get hilled anyway, so I can add more compost and amendments later. The bacterial nodules on the bean roots should condition the soil with extra nitrogen too. Actually I intend to retrieve the bean plants when the corn grows a bit more and mulch them around the corn before hilling so the bean plants can break down around the corn -- I think that should complete the nutrition cycle.