As summer winds down, Kids are starting back in school, Please
enjoy a little break from the craziness and enjoy a little gardening
Growing with the 3 Sister's Method
This is similar to companion planting. It is a garden practice used by Native Americans when growing Corn, Squash and Beans.
"The three crops benefit from each other. The maize provides a
structure for the beans to climb, eliminating the need for poles. The
beans provide the nitrogen to the soil that the other plants utilize,
and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight, helping
prevent establishment of weeds. The squash leaves also act as a
"living mulch", creating a microclimate to retain moisture in the soil,
and the prickly hairs of the vine deter pests. Maize lacks the amino
acids lysine and tryptophan, which the human body needs to make
proteins and niacin, but beans contain both and therefore maize and
beans together provide a balanced diet."
The 3 Sister's Method is a great way to grow more in a smaller space using companion planting instead of harmful chemicals for pest control. Below are a few links for growing each of these amazing varieties.
days. Tall, 3'- 5' plants are covered with very long rope-like flowers
that are a deep, brilliant red color. One of the most striking plants
for any garden and so easy to grow. Amaranth is one of our favorite
crops! A good seed producer, too. This is a very old heirloom, a
pre-1700 variety, that was very popular. Leaves are tasty as cooked