Recently, my nephew Sean and I planted a Three Sisters Garden. It’s an ancient and brilliant companion farming method developed by Native Americans.
The process: First we enriched the soil with organic amendments and organic fertilizer then dampened the soil. After developing a flat-topped circular mound, we planted corn seeds in a circle on the top of the mound.
Once the seedlings began to grow, we planted pole beans around the corn.
Following their growth, we planted melons (pumpkins or squash) around the sides of the mounds. We watered the seedlings to keep them moist. Now, our garden is sprouting and on its way.
This companion planting method is steeped in Native American rituals and emphasizes environmental harmony in nature.
The corn (oldest sister) supports the pole beans (nurturing sister), which processes nitrogen into the soil while holding the sisters together, and the melons or squash (youngest sister) provides protection and cover for the roots, weeds, pests, shade and mulch for the other plants.
The Three Sisters Garden is a family unit that enriches, supports and protects one another from the elements and provides an abundant harvest. Perhaps you might try planting a Three Sisters Garden too. It’s easy, you can do it!