This summer I’m trying out the 3 Sisters method in two beds. 3 Sisters means corn, beans, and squash grown together to benefit each other. The corn in both beds is Golden Bantam Yellow Sweet corn. The beans in both beds is Borlotto Solista beans. The types of squash is different in each bed because I ran out of some seeds AND I wanted to grow pumpkins for the fall. With that, one bed has Lemon squash and the other has Jarrahdale pumpkins. The Lemon squash, planted on April 2, has been producing for some time providing fresh squash for the BBQ, casseroles, and pasta salads. This bush variety of squash doesn’t meander as much below the corn to help shade the ground; but they are producing shade.
Jarrahdale pumpkin leaf. Size 9 Crocs used for scale reference.
Planted on June 1, the pumpkins should be ready in mid to late September. Jarrahdales really wind through the bed and are providing exceptional shade for this 3 Sisters bed. Hopes of blue-grey pumpkins in the fall make the temperatures of hell a bit more bearable. Next stop is the local, tiny hardware store to pick up some nastursium seeds. They’re suppose to ward off squash bugs. Last summer the garden was overrun by the buggers.
My size 9 crocs can only stomp on so many bugs to help them on their way to an eternal garden.