> I am looking for information regarding the cultivation of a traditional Native
> American corn, beans and squash garden. I understand that the three plants
> work symbiotically to reduce weeds, nurture one another and increase yields.
> I dont know, however how each is planted. Are they planted in rows or hills?
> What distance apart, etc, etc? I would be very interested in any information.
> Thanks in advance!
As I understand it, you plant the corn first, in fairly widely spaced rows
(or rows of hills), then when it starts to get tall you plant (pole) beans
next to each cornstalk and squashes between the rows. The cornstalks serve
as supports for the climbing beans, even after you've picked the ears of
corn, and the beans help fix nitrogen for the squash and (next year's)
corn. Also, if you eat these three things together, along with maybe some
peppers or tomatoes or fresh fruit, you've got pretty much a nutritionally
Some seed catalogs recommend particular varieties for this "three sisters"
method of culture. I don't have them handy, but I think both Seeds of
Change and Vermont Bean Seed Company say something about it.