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).