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The Three Sister’s Gardening Method

Have you had the opportunity to work in your garden this week?

I LOVE going out there to water, check growth, pick weeds, and dream of all the produce we will (hopefully) get. It amazes me to think of how God provides for us. And am I the only one who finds gardening SO relaxing?

(In case you missed it, we had a MAJORLY stressful event last week. See my post on How to Survive a Layoff - Our Plan of Action to catch up.)

Since my camera took a very bouncy trip down a flight of stairs, I don't have any pictures to share, but I had a SUPER smart brainstorm this week! At least I think it's super smart and I'm sticking with the super smart label until someone tells me otherwise.

I have been wanting to plant some more climbing peas, but didn't think I had any more garden space available. That's when I remembered the three sisters! Have you heard of them?

The Native Americans used to plant corn, squash, and beans in a mound, and each plant would benefit the other. The beans use the corn as a trellis, and the squash spreads out and provides ground cover to eliminate weeds!

So, I got out my pea seeds and planted one next to each 6 inch tall corn stalk. Now they will have a "pole" to climb!

So, that's my tip for you for this week. PLUS, I absolutely love these 2 fabulous books on gardening I got a few weeks ago:

What have you done in your garden this week?

Link up below, and remember to link directly to your gardening post. Please, include a link to this gardening series, so your readers can join the fun!

And don't forget to check out what my partners are doing in their gardens!

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  1. I am a new reader from MoneySavingMom.com. I just spent over an hour reading post after post after post on your blog. You have such a wonderful variety and I absolutely LOVED the story of why you have so many children. Best wishes to you and your family during your time of stress. I’m sure with a faith as strong as yours that you will be provided for in more ways than you can imagine.

    Oh, and by the way… Thanks for keeping me up too late! :)

  2. Hope it is okay to add my post I just did a gardening post yesterday getting ready for the garden challenge. If I shouldn’t have linked up feel free to delete me.

  3. This week I’ve been working compost mostly.

  4. Priscilla says:

    I´ve started a “garden” a few weeks ago. I started using egg shells as seedlings starters (since those are free) and the egg carton to hold them still. Now I put them in soda plastic bottles and they are growing rapidly!!! Thanks for the tip on the three sisters method! :)

  5. This week we got the soil all turned and weeded, ready for planting. We’ve got our seedlings still growing on the kitchen counter and I’m itching to get them in! Here in MN we’ve got a couple of weeks yet before it’s safe from frost.

  6. I will have to try this .

  7. Great idea for the peas! I just picked my first peapod this morning….oh-my-word-delicious!! Happy gardening :)

  8. Connie – are your peas a late variety? Not trying to be a downer, but up here I have to plant peas in Feb/March in order to have them produce. They are such a cold weather plant, generally speaking – but maybe you have a different variety? I don’t think that peas will “set on” (produce) after 78 degrees or so.

    What you can do, though, is plant vining bean plants that do well in the summer – using the same Three Sisters idea. There are all kinds of variety that vine – from Limas to Cherokee to Christmas beans to ….well, all types of pole beans. Another idea is to use cucumbers as a type of “ground cover” underneath your corn. Some will vine up and around and over the corn. I have a friend who does this and it works well for her. I don’t grow corn, myself – as you’ve got to have quite a bit of space to provide enough corn for a large family, and I just don’t have the space. You need at least 4 decent sized rows to provide enough pollination for fertilization and to make the ears. I leave the corn growing to my dad. :) He also grows all of my broccoli/cabbage, because I have zero success with those things. Guess I’d better go. I could talk gardening all day. Don’t get me started…..you’ll wish I’d stop! :)

    One last thing – no, I don’t find gardening relaxing!!!!! I am perpetually seeing all of the things that need doing, and I can’t get them all done. Either that, or I’m trying to keep the little ones from trampling the baby plants, or the boys from digging holes or the dog from tromping through. :) I garden because it was built into me – in my blood – and because it helps feed my family. (But then, I feel such pressure!!!!) :)

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Holly, I’m glad you mentioned that about the peas. I checked the package and it said they do not do well in extreme heat. Bummer. I’ll plant pole beans there instead. Thanks for the heads up! (Maybe I should read the package next time!)

      • Oooo. I am sorry. I felt bad for saying anything. I thought maybe you had a different variety specifically designed for heat. But then, I thought that if not, and you watched these luscious, beautiful peas grow, and you expected them to give you, like, actual peas, and you waited and waited and waited….well, that would be depressing and discouraging. (I have done that before…….sigh….) Anyway. There’s other things too! :)

        Another little tip for peas for either fall or next year? Soak them overnight in water before planting so that they will sprout more quickly.

        God bless….thinking of you and praying for you today.

        • I mean, other things to PLANT that should still produce in the heat. There’s still time! I plant beans all summer long – in succession, so that they are setting on pretty much constantly, even on into fall.

  9. haha! That is a great idea. And I don’t think anyone will tell you otherwise :) Whenever (someday) when I’m in a house for more than two months at a time and at the right time of year to start a garden.. I will definitely try this! Thankyou so much for your inspiration and helpful hints and tips as well as wonderful recipes!

  10. The corn thing is a really awesome idea! I have been wanting to try to grow corn (and potatoes, too!) but I have nowhere to put it that is sunny enough and not in my front yard. Maybe this year I can convince my hubby to cut down a tree for the cause. =)

  11. I ran across your blog post on being laid off and read a few more of your posts. Thanks for being so candid about your situation. Our family has struggled through the last few years. My husband is a life-long real estate agent who is now working security.

    We planted our garden a few weeks ago and are trying the Three Sisters trick this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.

    Praying for you and your family … remember “God is good!”

  12. I just got my planter boxes moved over from our old house, so I am hoping to have something planted this weekend.

    The three sisters thing is a really awesome way to plant. I’m also going to be using the rails in our iron fence for trellises.


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