Two of the three sisters at harvest time

Mandan Bride Corn, with Hidatsa Shield Figure beans climbing on it at harvest time. Getting the beans to climb the cornstalks is often a goal of people who plant a Three Sisters garden. You have to get the timing of the planting just right (among other factors) for that to work — and I usually don’t.

But here is a rare occasion where it turned out right:

A Three Sisters garden is a traditional Native American gardening technique, and a form of companion planting where the symbiotic relationships between the different crops grown help all of the plants to be more successful. I’ll dedicate another post to growing a Three Sisters garden (with corn, beans, and squash). But I want to note here that my garden is actually a Five Sisters garden (which also includes tobacco and sunflower seeds).

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