Variations of the “three sisters” combination of corn, beans, and squash have been planted by various First Nation people for centuries.
I have started a traditional three sisters mound including 12 corn plants, 12 bolita bean plants, 3 summer squash plants, and 3 winter squash plants. I’ll see how it goes.
I started all indoors, and planted today because the night temperatures are firmly in the 50s and it rained for about 30 minutes. I find that planting immediately before it rains is the best start for my plants.
Now that it rained, I will watch for my sunflowers and row beans to sprout. Onions and potatoes are good.
Not a large garden this year, but I will increase each year as manageable.
The three ladies are dwarfed by their coop. All three are Plymouth Barred Rock but I would like to have some Dominique a/k/a Dominekers. They are uncommon so I will test my skills and habitat first, so to reduce my chances of losing an important bloodline.
My east porch is edged with vegetable pots, but I also have a sweet peach blooming miniature rose peeking out. I bought it for $2 right after Valentine’s Day, and kept it in my south window until two weeks ago. It has now made the transition from greenhouse to outdoors. A food forest needs a little rose by the door, this food forest still needs a few wild roses for hips and beauty.