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Corn, Beans, Squash -- Planted Together

Corn, Beans, Squash — Planted Together
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Squash, indigenous to Mesoamerica, has been around for at least 5,000 years. The ancient civilizations of these regions were known to cultivate it, and over time the crop spread north — eventually as far as New England and Canada — and became a staple.

Butternut squash is a native crop.
Photo/Art by Heath Robbins
Butternut squash is a native crop.

In fact, the native tribes referred to corn, beans, and squash as the “Three Sisters,” a trio of crops that complemented one another when planted together in mounds. Corn provided support for the climbing beans; beans fixed nitrogen for the corn and squash; and the low-growing squash crowded out weeds and helped the soil retain moisture (a boon during droughts). For more information, go to: nativetech.org

Updated Friday, August 15th, 2008
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One Response to Corn, Beans, Squash — Planted Together

  1. Gee May 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Out West they call them the 3 sisters and while I can not remember right off there are many reasons they were planted together besides creating a nourishing meal. Rather smart Indians for knowing.

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