Corn - Beans - Squash

Today we would call this companion planting; and the Native Americans knew it best. Growing these 3 crops together provides nutrients into the soil in which they grow. Many tribes believe the Great Spirit passed corn, beans and squash down this knowledge to ensure survival. The three crops were considered to be protected by the Three Sisters – spirits collectively called, the De-o-ha-ko, meaning “our sustainers” or those who support us.

Not a typical square garden, this one is round. Start on the outside with sunflowers on the north side so they don’t shade the veggies, then plant in mounds the corn and beans and in between the mounds is where squash goes in. This type of circle planting is a lot easier than using a rototiller and pitch fork to turn the soil over where you want to plant. You just dig where the squash goes, add fertilizer to promote growth and water. The benefits of companion planting is to keep the bugs at bay, the soil is replenished with nutrients - kinda scientific.

No Empty Shelves - No checkout lines! Great way to have access to your own veggies  and stock up the pantry. Doesn't take a lot of land to have fresh food. Plant today and you could be eating corn by the 4th of July! Nothing 'beets' shopping in your own garden. Doesn’t get any fresher than that! You will find that playing in the dirt is very rewarding! Wampanoag, means People of the First Light.

This is their planting guide:

Wampanoag Garden
Corn – 8 row multicolor flint
Beans – pole beans
Squash – crookneck – pumpkin, patty pan, acorn, buttercup, watermelon
Jerusalem Artichoke – wild sunflowers

Digi-Kn?w: Wetu is the Wampanoag word for house