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  • Writer's pictureDiane Carpentieri Michaeli

Three Sisters! corn + beans + squash

This year I wanted to try my hand at growing the "Three Sisters". Indigenous People who know so so much about living in harmony with nature created this system. They inter plant corn, pole beans and squash because they thrive when planted together.

1. The corn represents the first sister who offers the beans necessary support.

2. The beans represent the second sister, who is giving by nature and is pulling nitrogen from the air and bringing it to the soil for the benefit of all three.

3. The large leaves of the sprawling squash represent the third sister who protects the threesome by creating living mulch that shades the soil, keeping it a cool and moist environment and preventing weeds.

In my garden the beans have just started to reach out and are beginning to curl around the ever growing corn stalk. Your corn should be knee high by the fourth of July so you still have time to plant your "Three Sister" garden if you hurry.

Remember to include lots of flowers into your vegetable garden to attract pollinators.

Happy Gardening. Stay Home. Stay Safe.


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