Growing Three Sisters - series of workshops

Growing Three-Sisters
Companion Planting – Blue Corn, Climbing Beans & Summer Squash

Various dates 
 starting date tba 2021
 (Planting) through to March 2022 (Harvest)

three sisters garden

Location - SAGE Garden 110 Queen St, Moruya

presented by Lindsay Gates Nixtamalization expert,  Wendy Jones Horticulturist  and  Kylie Emmert Market Gardener

The Three Sisters is a traditional growing method where you grow three plants together symbiotically to deter weeds and pests, enrich the soil, and support each other, also known as companion planting.

Instead of single rows of a single vegetable, this method interplants corn, beans and squash to create more biodiversity by:

  • Attracting pollinators to the corn for increased pollination, while
  • Adding nutrient to the soil by growing a legume crop which can help fix nitrogen from the air into the soil.

Each sister contributes something to the planting. 

  • The older sisters Blue Cornoffers the beans necessary support.
  • The giving sister, Climbing Bean pulls nitrogen from the air and brings it to the soil for the benefit of all three. 
  • As the beans grow the third sister Squash winds it vines around the cornstalks into the sunlight and hold the sisters together.
  • The large leaves of the sprawling squash protect the threesome by creating living mulch that shades the soil, keeping it cool and moist and preventing weeds.
  • The prickly squash leaves also help keep away other pests.

Together, the Three Sisters provide both sustainable soil fertility as well as a good healthy food, that is good for our soul.

Just as the vegetable trio traditionally sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually, as they were always grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together, SAGE will be hosting a feast with these three sisters at harvest time in March 2022.

This will consist of hearty and tasty soup called posole, based on nixtamalization, a centuries old process that unlocks the nutrients in the corn and blooms the kernels into tasty morsels.

Please join Wendy, Lindsay and Kylie if you would like to learn:

  • How to successfully grow using Three Sisters method.
  • Benefits of companion planting to create symbiotically to deter weeds and pests, enrich the soil, and support the health of the plant.
  • Active participation in growing a crop from start to harvest.
  • Understand what nixtamalization is.
  • How to prepare posole and its many delicious variations.

 This is a fun and hands on series of workshops.

 You must register to participate in the workshop.

This a free workshop – all are welcome to participate - please register.

BRING  Your gardening gloves, and weeding tools to tend the crop.
Please bring notepad and pen (some notes will be emailed).

Registration https://sageproject.org.au/event/growing three sisters/ 



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