A Ton of Garden, A Tiny Space: Three Sisters– Corn, Beans, and Squash

Note: 3/9/09 Click here for the Planting Guide on this.

Next week, I will be posting a series on container vegetable gardening. What plant to put in what pot.  So,  come back and join me at my potting table.

If you have a 12’x 12′ plot of healthy soil, you could try planting the Three Sisters– Corn, Beans, and Squash.

What? Your soil isn’t healthy? Or worse, you have no idea? Don’t worry we’ll get to that.

Why are they called the Three Sisters?

Sisters?– they work together in the garden.

As the corn shoots up, the bean vines climb the corn stalks. The beans offer nitrogen to the hungry roots of the corn.

You plant prickly viney squash in between rows to discourage the raccoons from robbing your corn. They hate the feel of prickly viney squash on their feet.

Plus, the corn offers just a bit of shade to the squash. They all work together.

Three? — well, ’cause we can count, of course.

You will grow:

65 corn stalks — with varying ears of corn depending on the variety you plant.

130 bean vines –keep them picked and you’ll have a nice amount.

12 squash plants- again depends on the variety you plant. Still, that a lot of squash

Remember those numbers are the plants, not, for example, how many bean pods you will harvest.

You are going to be rolling in food! And talk about local?!

Too much? Fear not. We will discuss storage in nice easy steps, when the time comes.

I will try to add a little planting chart to this later tonight. We will see. It depends if my little guy falls asleep before the next century or if my head pops off first.

Oh for CH$%&^…..

3/9/09– Well, I never did get there that night. Click here for the Planting Guide on this.

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Oh, are you ready for this? If you have heavy soil, grow rutabaga to help break it up. Then, if you let a pig loose on it, she will root them out and do your tilling. If there are any left over, you try that (ahem) “recipe” I sent.
    Oh yes, I really read entirely too much. All that weird stuff just swirls around in my brain…all the time.

  2. Every worthwhile book I ever read about gardening (check the book reviews BTW) claims its takes 3 or 4 years for a new gardener to learn what works and what doesn’t. So, keep at it. If all else fails, grow sprouts. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This idea has me intrigued. Gardening has me all intimidated, but I did succeed last year. If it happened once, it could happen again, right? I’m going to read more of your gardening posts. Thanks.


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