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Old 03-10-2010, 06:28 AM
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Three Sisters Gardening Iroquois Legend

A member of another group I belong to shared the following link with me about growing corn, beans and squash together. We are planning on doing this in a side strip of land on our property, main motivation is not having to mow this strip that doesn't belong to us but we've inherited the maintenance. It's on a hilly slope and as I'm getting older, it's hard on my ankles doing this uphill mowing.

Three Sisters Garden:Corn, Beans, Squash - Planting a Native American tradition

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Old 03-10-2010, 03:50 PM
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Very interesting....I would try this but I don't have enough room in my backyard. I only have enough room for my veegetable garden which is not that big. Good luck on this project of growing corn, beans and squash together....
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:31 AM
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Thanks Caroline

We don't have a huge yard, I intend to plant this on a small strip of land adjacent to our property about 2 foot wide don't know how long that belongs to American Electric Power. They don't maintain it, meaning I have to mow it every year and this is a way for me to not have to mow.. it's on a slope and it's hard on my ankles and knees mowing sideways, what a Pain in the butt! If it bears corn, squash and beans that's a good thing if not at least it'll be a good weed control, privacy fence and noise barrier. I'll have to run out here in a minute and take a photo.

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Old 03-18-2010, 06:38 AM
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Corn, Beans and Squash Planting Site

Here is a photo taken from the street of the land that belongs to AEP that we plan to plant our 3 sisters garden on... from where the front of my truck is all the way back will be the 3 Sisters, before that from the street to my truck will be cabbage plants. We'll have way more than we can use so will be sharing with our neighbors and co workers on the cabbages, I hope.

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Old 03-18-2010, 11:07 AM
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I remember from school learning that the Indians planted corn & vine beans together as each plant helped the other but I didn't remember the squash. I would think it would be hard to pick the beans though it does sound like there is a lot of space between the areas with beans so you probably would be able to walk around them.

I've often though about planting onions or some other root crop around the corn since you pretty much have all summer before you are picking.

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