At Weekend Farmer our goal is to help you make the most out of your limited space, we call it small space gardening and everyone can do it. One great technique to maximize your small space is by utilizing a technique made famous by the Iroquois Indians called a “Three Sisters Garden”. It’s easy to start and will provide you a great and diverse harvest!Small Space Gardening: The Three Sisters Garden Technique #weekendfarmer Click To Tweet
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Brian Clapp, WeekendFarmer.com: I’m always looking for new ways to grow a huge harvest in a small space, we call it small space gardening. Many of us live with this challenge because we live in suburbs or the city and don’t have acreage. That’s OK, you can still grow great food in your small space garden! One way to achieve that is by using an Iroquois Indian technique called a “Three Sisters Garden”. This small space gardening technique pairs the physical attributes of various plants together to work in concert with one another and maximize yield. I’ll explain.
What we have is a corn plant the first sister, with Beans, the second sister, planted next to it. The corn grows strong a tall, the beans don’t need a trellis, they just grow up the corn plant. Genius. Two plants working together symbiotically.
Now lets throw in that third sister – the third sister is squash, as you know squash grows pretty low to the ground but has huge leaves. The leaves work to shade out the weeds that could grow up from underneath.
So in a very small area, this is a 10×10 space, I’m going to harvest pounds of corn, numerous varieties of beans and squash throughout the year, all in a small space thanks to understanding how the physical attributes of these plants can work really well together. Now that is small space gardening!