Monday, September 20, 2010

Creating a Three Sisters Garden

 Marigolds are getting tired of flowering, ulam raja has gone high reaching the sky with little flowers and seeds. The bed will be empty soon after each plant has completed their stay. I thought giving three sisters a chance here will be an adventure. I read about mirror image in Matron's Season of Fruitfulness, and put that concept in here too. 
 

A pair of three sisters, mirror image

 I think winged beans will fit well there, and pumpkins because I have grown these before. I would rather leave the edible sweet peas aside first and plant them separately somewhere on their own.  It would not be easy to include them, since sweet peas are first timers in our plot.


Corn and pumpkins have their own platform to grow, one going vertical and the other  horizontal. Beans will be in between somehow. The way I figure, beans has to be restrained from climbing and should be forced to stay low by pruning branches and shoots that might venture out, not least not until we harvest the round of sweet corns.


Soon the bed will be  ready, and the clock will be ticking to try out what the American elders had perfected for thousand of years, a Three Sisters Garden.

bangchik
three sisters garden

10 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful plan for a garden, I so look forward to watching it grow.

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  2. Your veggie plan looks interesting! Would like to see how it works to your land. Show us the pics! :)

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  3. Good concept Bangchik! I like the idea of having some creepers in between the corn. I am sure they will make your vege plot interesing looking ;-) Have a great Monday.

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  4. Nice plan! I wonder how it will turn out.

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  5. Do you use the marigold to make tea? My neighbour pulled his plants up and I felt like wanting to dry his plants but I don't know how to use them.

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  6. Thanks for the plan. I am planning one too- will compare notes! In my case I am going to put my weaker cucurbits (melons, cucumbers) in with the corn and beans in the hopes that their sisters will give them the strength to produce.

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  7. The elders know best, don't they Bangchik? ;) use all space.

    Strange gardening season this year for us: as soon as the flower fades and the new bean begins to form, something has been eating them. Interesting that in one area of the garden a tomato plant arose from seed amidst some of the green beans and those beans are doing well.

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  8. Hi Bangchik, great plan - enjoy the process of making it, look forward to seeing how it goes. cheers, catmint

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  9. Fantastic plan! Good luck! I can't wait to watch it grow!

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  10. Thanks everyone.
    I do find gardening as versatile. I am a little pragmatic about it all. The general concept may remain, but the composition of plants, the exact location, the spacings etc.., may vary a little bit....

    I am quite anxious about this. Now rain is showing its true colour, pouring almost everyday and heavy too. It's a good sign for vegetable gardening adventure when it slows a little bit...

    bangchik

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