The Green Club kids planted a Three Sisters Garden this week after-school. [embed]https://youtu.be/Fx9CDVkN9xU?list=PLc-Z9AAiD1N9U4W5t8Ohc2u5xumHMRR69[/embed]
Several different Native American tribes refer to corn, beans, and squash as the “three sisters,” because they grow well together in the same mound of soil. The corn stalk provides a ladder or trellis for the bean vines to climb. The beans help make the soil better for the corn and squash. Their vines also keep the corn stalk steady when there is a lot wind. The squash grows on the ground below the corn and beans. Its leaves shade the roots of the corn and bean and help keep the soil from drying out when it is hot. The shade of the squash leaves also discourages weeds from growing near the three sisters plants (good, since weeds compete with other plants for the nutrients in the soil). In addition, the prickly hairs on the stems of the squash plant discourage bugs, raccoon, and other pests that would damage the corn and beans.