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Old Yesterday, 04:50 PM
 
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Has anyone done this kind of gardening? Planted these 3 together? And if so, how did it turn out?
Are there are any modern-day reasons to companion-plant like this? Like the Southwest Native Americans did.

I think it would be interesting to try this.
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Old Today, 06:50 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I get a kick out of trying old things too as an experiment.


Using the Three Sisters system doesn't lend itself well to industrial food production of course, but the NAs inadvertently stumbled onto the advantage of planting a Nitrogen-fixing legume to keep soil fertility high and of mixing three veggies, each of which is deficient in an essential amino acid, but together provide all three. Their fruits are tasty and easy to store-- a good choice for "preppers" like the Indians.


Don't forget that corn needs to be wind pollinated by its neighbors, so you need to plant at least a hundred seeds or more in an area of 4-500 sq ft or so to get good fruiting. You may be disappointed if you plant only a few seeds -- or if you don't protect your plot from the local thieves. Those deer & racoons always seem to know when my crop is ripe about 8 hrs before I do.
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