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  • 1. Leapfrog to Sustainable Mini Garden The Three Sisters Problem- Subsistence, having only enough to stay alive . Solution – Mini garden to supplement food requirement Challenge – Space, good soil, money for seeds, water, storage
  • 2. Companion Planting • Companion Planting – Planting different crops close together • Benefits – – – – Crop productivity Maximizing space Pest control Nutrient rich produce
  • 3. History of the Three Sisters Sustainable Garden • Companion Planting has been used for many centuries by the Native American Indians to get the most nutrient benefits out of gardening. • The Indians taught this style of gardening to the early American settlers. Later it was adopted by European countries and developing countries for both industrial and small scale gardening.
  • 4. Three Sisters – Corn, Bean, and Squash • Corn (Maise) – Carbohydrates • Beans (Legumes) – Protein • Squash – High in Vitamins – Seeds for oil
  • 5. Planting Method for Three Sisters Soil Preparation and Sowing Corn • Soil Preparation: • Select a small 4x4 or larger location to start your mini garden. • Ensure the location that gets 6-8 hours of sun daily. • Add compost and other material such as peat moss or manure to the soil. • Next year the nutrients from the beans will help you have good soil, this year you may need to add a bit more compost
  • 6. Planting Method – Sowing First Sister - Corn • Prepare several small mounds 3-4 feet apart. • Sowing: Soak the corn seeds for a few hours then plant 5-7 seeds per mound. • Care: Water daily at first. Weed while the plants grow. At 7 inches high push some soil around the young corn stalk for support . • Beans: At 7 inches plant the beans around the small corn stalk. • Squash: Plant 5-7 squash seeds every 7 mounds around the corn stalk along with the bean seeds.
  • 7. Harvesting the Three Sisters Value added by increased food sources, can sell extra produce , and environmentally friendly. Small footprint and sustainable. • Corn may be harvested while in it's green corn stage, but traditionally it is left to ripen and is harvested in Autumn. Pull the tip of the ear toward the ground until it snaps off. • Beans may be eaten fresh or allowed to mature and dry on the vine. Fresh beans can be harvested when the pods are firm and crisp, but before the seeds within the pods have begun to swell. Bean plants will continue to flower and more bean pods will develop if they are harvested before bean seeds can mature. • Squash should be picked only after its skin has hardened thoroughly. Store squash in a single layer and not touching each other, which can foster rot. Squash can last at least two months, depending on the variety.
  • 8. Resources: • http://www.reneesgard en.com/articles/three_s isters.mp3 • http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Three_Sisters_%28 agriculture%29 • www.motherearcthnew s.com