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I'm so excited! I've been reading up on the Native American way of planting the Three Sisters-- Corn, Beans and Squash. It is really something how these three plants not only work together to improve each other's growing ability, but work together nutritionally when you eat them. The Three Sisters garden sustained Native American life for many years and even helped the pilgrims. If it can sustain life for them, I think it's well worth looking into for the tough times coming ahead. My husband is Blackfoot Tribe....I thought he would be so proud of me planting this way, but he is so funny! He poked fun at me and made jokes about "who are these three women?" He likes to joke like that; he makes me laugh!

 

I will start the planting tomorrow. I can't wait!

 

Here's a great link if anyone else is interested:

 

http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/3sisters.html

 

 

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Please keep us posted on the progress of your traditional Native American garden! The old ways are so good.

 

I first learned about The Three Sisters syle of gardening from the book, Native American Gardening by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac.

 

Many Northeastern Native American tribes, including the Iroquois used garden designs that needed...(drum roll, please)...no plowing or tilling!

 

Last year, I did a circular Wampanoag Indian style garden. It includes a line of sunflowers planted at the north end of the circular garden. The lovely half moon shaped row lined the circular garden without any sacrifice of sun to the other plants. Perfect arrangement.

 

One of the benefits of the squash/corn/beans arrangement is the fact that raccoons positively hate walking thru the squash plants to get to the corn!!! Big, noisy, prickly leaves repel the little corn thieves!

 

Heh. After all, millions of Indians couldn't have been wrong...

 

I planted 4 kinds of squash: Lakota Squash and Table Queen (both are winter squash), and two summer squash varieties: Crookneck and Straighneck Squash. The Lakota Squash is an heirloom that is available at Walmart, of all places! Traditionally, pumpkin can be planted in place of, or in addition to the squash.

 

Next time, I'll plant Catnip and Lemon Balm nearby to help repel the stinkin' squash bugs!!!

 

WHEN TO PLANT: Timing is everything!

 

Plant CORN & SUNFLOWERS first. When the corn is 4 inches high, plant SQUASH & BEANS. Allow the bean vines to twine themselves around the cornstalks for support. Tip: Prune the bean vines a little, if they get too aggressive (I didn't need to).

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Racoons took down all of our corn stalks last year, and I was just delighted to learn that the squash plants repel the racoons.

 

I love the idea of the circular garden with the sunflowers! And I most definately will now plant catnip and lemon balm because I get squash bugs every single year.

 

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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Heh. If'n you want a 'second' crop, go for the 'coons. They're good to eat!

 

Yes, please post!!! I hope I don't miss it...if I do, will you please PM me and point me to it?

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No problem. I'll make sure you're updated.

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three sisters gardening, bump! awesome and really easy for old bones to make! ( lives in northeast and read so many books with this subject in it), nice to review and learn the circle method too. That would so work well in a narrow sunny spot if I have to do that later! And I like all three very much.

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Sence I made a comment about this in the humor section, I had to read up on this.

 

Sounds very interesting!

 

BTW... what ever happend to Cootie?

 

 

 

 

Robie

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Thanks for the companion list! I copy and pasted it to a Word document. I'll play with it later and get it down to a couple of pages to print out. Smaller font size and less space between lines.

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Sence I made a comment about this in the humor section, I had to read up on this.

 

Sounds very interesting!

 

BTW... what ever happend to Cootie?

Robie

 

I don't know but it seems like people are less frequent to post or visit that have in the past.

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