Three Sisters: An Ancient Garden Trio

three sisters - an ancient garden trio

Three Sisters: An Ancient Garden Trio

“The Three Sisters all work together. Critters will find it harder to invade your garden by inter-planting your corn, beans and squash. The corn stalk serves as a pole for the beans, the beans help to add the nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs, while the squash provides a ground cover of shade that helps the soil retain moisture.”

I am trying this method in the Garden Simply Test Garden this year using Golden Bantam corn, The Three Sisters is the name given by some Native Americans to the practice of growing corn, beans, and squash together. The idea is to let the beans climb the corn, while the corn shades the squash. The squash acts like a kind of living mulch, conserving water and providing the even moisture needed for the corn and beans to fully develop.

We are using Early Yellow Straight Neck squash, and the simply fantastic producer, Kentucky Pole Bean.

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All of earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush aflame with God.
But only those who see take off their shoes.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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