Companion planting Nurse Planting

Beans, corn & zucchini
(the three sisters)

I recently came across this great tip (an ancient method used by the Native Americans)… Can’t wait to try it in plot 23 when spring arrives!

  1. Sow eight corn seeds in a circular pattern (6 inches between each seed)
  2. A couple of weeks later once the corn has sprouted, plant about four beans around each corn stalk
  3. A week after your beans have sprouted and begin to grow up the corn, take 6-8 zucchini seeds (or and seeds from the curcubit / gourd family) and plant them evenly spaced outside the ring of corn and beans.

Beans provide nitrogen for the nutrient-hungry corn, the corn provides a support for the beans, and the zucchini suppresses the weeds.