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The Three Sisters Planting Method


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The "three sisters" planting method [3]is an old Native American trick that makes use of the tall corn stalks as a pole for beans to climb. Then squash or another spreading vine is planted nearby to be used as ground cover to keep weeds out.

I waited until my corn was a few inches tall before I planted the pole beans and ... was it squash or cucumbers? (shrugs) I can't remember which, but I guess I'll find out soon enough. Both squash and cucumbers are spreading vines, so they will both accomplish the ground cover goal.

Here is a wide shot of my raised bed garden. You can see the three sisters in action at the bottom left of the picture. (Don't ask what is going on in the middle bed.)

And here is a close up of the three sisters.

Now it's your turn! Do you have a gardening post to link up? If you do it will appear on 3 super cool blogs which include:

But first a little lecture.

AHEM (Smockity clears throat.)

It has come to the attention of the management that there are some of you linking up without putting a link in your post to one of the super cool host blogs.

That is pretty much like the time in college when I  a certain someone allegedly kept parking in the "faculty only" parking lot because it was such a short walk to her class and no one really noticed, that is until the day she got a parking ticket and learned her lesson.

If you park your blog here, you MUST have a parking sticker. And we are about to start passing out violations. Do NOT make me turn this car around! Do you hear me?!

There now. Do we all understand the rules? Okay... GO!