In recognition of the holiday at hand (Thanksgiving), I wanted to share an interesting little e-book. Squanto's Garden is filling my head with ideas about the concept of a "three sisters"companion planting that I am finally going to try out next year.
In order to get the book, you have to give your email address (and then it is free) but I can attest, I got the book months ago and I have never received another email from these people and I haven't been spammed to oblivion (so I think it is safe).
If you are un-familiar with Squanto's 'three sisters' garden; it is a planting method by which you grow three nutritional staples — corn, beans and squash. Grown together, the corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. The beans fix nitrogen, improving the soil's fertility and helping stabilize the corn plants. And the squash vines keep down the weeds, act as a mulch, and their spiny texture discourages predators from the corn and beans. At the end of the season, the remaining plants can be turned back into the soil to build up organic matter and improve soil structure.
Many of the Native American tribes had their own version of this basic combo and the e-book has many plans from each tribe.
In these images from the book, you can see the Zuni Waffle Garden, the Wampanoag Garden, and the Hidatsa Garden.
Have you grown a three sisters garden that you will feast from this Thanksgiving?
Full Disclosure: I think the little book is actually a marketing tool for protogrow...but it is still worth checking out - and as I said, they have never bothered me to buy anything or or filled my inbox with junk.
MORE INFO: Squanto's Garden