Saturday, January 19, 2008

Three Sisters Planting

Per Stephanie's request, more information about three sisters planting....

This is a native american tradition of planting corn, pole beans and squash together in the same mound of soil. The corn stalk provides a pole for the beans to climb. The beans fix nitrogen in the soil to provide to the corn, and the squash has somewhat prickly leaves to ward off predators. We'll be trying three sisters plantings this year. If you want to know more, there's a decent little lesson plan for teaching the concept to kids here: http://www.kidsgardening.com/growingideas/projects/March02/mar02-pg1.htm

1 comment:

One Acre Homestead said...

Cool! Thanks for the info! I think I'm going to share this with our Girl Scout troop leader. Isabella is in a "Daisy" troop and loves every minute of it! I think they'd really enjoy a bit of gardening, science, and history all rolled into one!

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