July 2, 2006 – The Three Sisters

Even though Linda and I don’t have three sisters between us, we planted them this spring. The three sisters are corn, squash, and pole beans. We planted the corn first, waited a few weeks, and followed it up with the beans and squash.

Here are the anthers from the “Mandan Bride” variety of corn we planted.

Here’s another expression of the Mandan Bride corn.

Finally, here they are all together. The beans are starting to climb and the squash are just getting started. The idea is the squash smother the weeds, and the beans fix nitrogen for the corn and the corn offers the beans a place to climb.

2 thoughts on “July 2, 2006 – The Three Sisters

  1. Have you read Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden? She was a Hidatsa/Mandan woman – Missouri River area – who left a detailed account of the traditional native American gardening practices….

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