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The Three Sisters The three sisters include three specific crops used as a method of companion planting in agriculture that we have learned from Native Americans. The crops are corn, beans, and squash.
These plants benefit each other with each having its own function. The corn is sown first as it stands tall and stalky. Then the beans and squash are planted around the corn. The corn then is used for the vining beans which help return the needed nitrogen into the soil. The squash acts as a ground cover to retain moisture and block sunlight to eliminate weeds.
But did you know there is also a fourth sister? If you look closely in the picture you may just see it. It's Sister Sunflower! She helps attract pollinators and entices the birds to take her seeds in effort to leave her other sisters alone.
Check out next week's article to see which Sister Squash we used in our garden. She's a native to northern Georgia.
How fast they grow!
It seemed like it was just yesterday when we first sowed our cucumber seeds in our garden. How we cared for it with plenty of water, sunlight, and weeding. With all the love, it quickly grew and needed a trellis so soon.
Happily we provided support along with a little guidance and direction. We could then step back and take a look to see it quickly blossom.
It's exciting to know that soon all the effort would pay off and the time will come to enjoy the fruit of our labor. But wait, is cucumber a fruit, or is it a vegetable?
Hmm... That's a discussion we will save for next week.
Female Flower that will become the cucumber when pollinated
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