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The Three Sisters Garden: A Sustainable Polyculture

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The Three Sisters Garden: A Sustainable Polyculture

The Three Sisters Garden is a perfect example of successful companion planting.

Corn being the eldest sister, at the centre, the corn offers beans needed support.

Beans are the giving sister, pulling nitrogen from the air into the soil, to benefit all three. As the beans grow up towards the sun, curling around the stalks and vines, they pull the sisters close together.

Squash, with its large leaves and sprawling vines, protect the three by shading and cooling the soil, keeping it moist and preventing weeds. The spiky leaves also deter predators.

Together, all three come together in a sustainable polyculture, building soil fertility and providing nutritious food.

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Guide to Succession Planting

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Guide to Succession Planting

Taking the time to succession plan now, while things are still slow, will help keep you on track when things get busy in May and June.

Succession planting is a fantastic and creative way to make the most out of your growing season and your garden space. Instead of planting once in late Spring and harvesting in late Summer, you can enjoy a steady, continuous harvest throughout the entire growing season!

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