January 30, 2013

Ancient Companion Planting

Spring, 2013

For about 10,000 years, Native Americans have been aware that planting corn, squash, and beans together created ideal growing conditions for each of the three and could substantially increase the harvest. Known as "The Three Sisters," this early style of companion planting was quickly adopted by America's first European settlers in the 1600s and has been popular ever since. Here's a history of the technique and directions of how to do it, as well as tips on cooking succotash.