Hackney Permaculture

dad’s allotment and the three sisters
April 19, 2010, 6:38 pm
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I just learnt about the ‘three sisters’ companion planting last week so when my dad invited me over to have a peek at his little corner of an allotment I thought it would be good to give it a go…

One lesson learnt from the day is always carry a proper camera about with you – as you can see below the camera on my dad’s phone is AWEFUL!

…anyway – the three sisters is a trinity of plants which all assist each other to grow… sweetcorn grows tall, beans climb the sweetcorn stalks and squash provides ground cover surpressing weeds and generally being green. I would write more but wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive bit of info here, and there is more info here although it all sounds far more technical and scary than I am really into.

One thing which I learnt from my friend Hedvig from Get Growing is that you need to plant the sweetcorn bunched together in a group rather than in a single line – they need to pollinate each other, which won’t work so well in a single line.

I did not build a mound which seems to be recommended in quite a few places so watch this space to see if it works :-)


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I have always been curious how this would work. Please keep us posted on it. I think guilds are the way to go, vertical stacking, grouping beneficial plants together, it all makes sense.

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