Build a Three Sisters Garden
This Native American planting technique is the epitome of companion planting. The Three Sisters--corn, bean and squash--help each other in various ways:
- The corn provides support for the pole beans;
- the beans add nitrogen to the soil which helps the corn grow;
- the squash covers the ground, keeping the soil moist and minimizing weed growth;
- And together, these three vegetables provide a nutritionally balanced meal!
Best of all, planting a Three Sisters Garden is simple:
- Create a mound of dirt about a foot high and 18 to 20 inches across. In the middle of each mound, sow 5 or 6 corn seeds in a circle. Sow the seeds about 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart.
- When the corn reaches 5 or 6 inches tall, plant 4 to 6 pole bean seeds around the corn. Next, plant 4 to 6 squash seeds about 12 inches from where you planted the beans.
- Water and fertilize the seeds when you plant them. As the beans begin to grow, train them to wrap around the corn.
- When harvest time comes...enjoy!
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