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Three Sisters Growing (Perhaps soon to be Four)

  • Three Sisters Growing (Perhaps soon to be Four)

    Posted by Mike on December 18, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Three Sisters is a planting technique evolved by indigenous peoples probably thousands of years ago in the Americas. These planting methods were featured heavily in the wonderful book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This involves planting beans, corn and squash in the same planting area which then enables the beans to use the corn as a climbing mechanism and the purpose of the squash is to shade the ground around the planting area, with those large squash leaves. Wonderfully, we also get a lot of food from what we planted. I’ll give you a specific example in the small third of an acre garden that I’m tending at the moment, where I came across, a fairly denuded Hugelkulture bed here (more information about Hugelkulture in a later blog piece), which is 6 feet by 16 feet roughly. A lot of the soil had washed off the wood, that was the center of the Hugelkulture and so it needed to be renovated. There was a pile of very heavy clay soil nearby, so what I did basically is use that soil to rebuild the Hugelkulture bed and then basically planted in there as I mentioned earlier; beans, corn and squash into that soil. We got a wonderful yield, so much food from such a small area and of course; lots of #seeds.

    There is evidence that amaranth was also grown, also, as a “Fourth Sister” and we have plenty of amaranth, beans, corn and squash seeds to share for 2024.

    Mike replied 5 months ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Mike

    January 21, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    We did add Amaranth in the Seed Database and we currently have 306 different varieties for the 2024 season.

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