Wednesday, June 1 2011
In traditional Native North American agriculture there were the "three sisters": corn, beans, and squash. The corn provided poles upon which the beans could climb while the squash vines covered the ground between the corn stalks to serve as mulch and make conditions unsuitable for deer and other opportunistic herbivores. Today, after burying yet another five gallon bucket of urine mixed with leaves beneath the garden (which I've been doing now for four years), I planted a variation on the three sisters featuring beans with sunflowers as poles. That's two sisters; for squash's "living mulch" function I'll have rely on the nearby kale and broccoli plants getting big and shading out the weeds, which usually happens before July.
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