Consider the “Three Sisters” for Your Garden

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considerYou are thinking about what to plant in your garden. Cathy Isom lets you know why you should consider growing the “Three Sisters” in your garden. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Consider the “Three Sisters” for Your Garden

Growing the “Three Sisters” in your garden – also known as Corn, Beans, and Squash – can be done by companion planting. It’s a unique technique because each can aid each other in some way.

Beans fix fertilizing nitrogen into the soil. The corn stalks supply stakes for the beans to climb up. Squash plants have big leaves that cover the soil to protect it from the scorching sun, eroding rain, and troublesome weeds, and they have spiky leaves and stems to deter pesky animals like raccoons. In other words, planting these companions together helps each of them thrive and cuts down on the work a gardener has to do.

To prep a smaller garden for the three sisters, create a bed that’s at least four feet long by four feet wide and about one foot high. A fairly standard raised bed might be four by eight feet, which would accommodate for two plantings.

On tomorrow’s This Land, How to Plant the Three Sisters, and the best time to plant them.

I’m Cathy Isom…