Yeah, think about the 3 sisters as a classic polyculture eg. beans and corn and squash all grown together.
This year I did much research before planting. I planted the 3 sisters together. (I did summer squashes on one side and melons and pumpkins on the other) Only I read in several books and magazines that if plant 5x5 blocks of corn that are planted 6" apart with pole beans spaced 6" apart. you'll get both better pollination (for the corn) and better fertilization (from the beans for the corn). I also read that sunflowers and dill are a deterrent for some pests that affect corn,(and an attractant to their enemies
) so I alternated blocks of corn and sunflowers. I just planted like 5 or six dill plants randomly So here's what I did, and so far so good. Here's what it looked like 3 weeks ago.
I planted my succession plantings on the other side and alternated blocks of squash and sunflowers. It's cramped, but all is well. The pole beans have tons of beans(not as many as my 2 rows of bush beans
) The corn has grown as high as me, 5'8"
and they have tassles growing and, they are starting to form cobs
. I have also noticed that before the beans REALLY started growing, my corn was starting to fall over with the winds and storms we've been having. Now that the beans are off and running (EVERYWHERE
) they seem to be giving the corn some stability as well. And the blocks of sunflowers...HOLY edited
! How tall are these things gonna get?! No heads on them yet
but they are prolly at least 8-9 feet tall!
Here's what it looks like today
EDIT: I never got anything that looked like this with MG