How To Plant Three Sisters Garden – Sustainable Agriculture With Companion Plants
How to plant a three sisters garden. Three sisters garden is sustainable agriculture through companion planting.
Three sisters companion gardening allows one to plant the same crops in the same location season after season without the need to rotate crops. Traditionally, a fish was buried in the bottom of each hole to provide nutrients to the plants for the season at hand.
Corn is planted first, followed by beans, finally, squash is planted. Corn is the eldest sister and squash the youngest.
Corn acts as a living trellis for beans. beans provide nitrogen for the following year’s garden, and squash is a living ground cover helping to naturally prevent weeds and retain moisture in the garden.
The idea behind the three sisters garden was to grow food for winter storage without the need for refrigeration or canning. Corn, beans and squash compliment each other nutrition-wise as well and make a relatively complete meal. Corn and beans are dried and winter squash lasts a long time on the shelf providing a source of fresh nutrients throughout the winter season when little or no other plant life is to be found.
The best varieties of plants to use for the three sisters garden are flour corn, runner beans or pole beans, and winter squash.
Plants I’m using in the three sisters garden:
Golden bantam sweet corn
Kentucky wonder pole beans
Lab lab beans
unknown variety of pumpkin
unknown variety of winter squash
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