Friday, June 8, 2012

three sisters garden, day 6

We started this week by planting our sunflowers. According to Native American Gardening by Michale J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, sunflowers are a traditional part of any three sisters garden, although I couldn't find any stories to back that up. I was looking for SOME sort of sunflower story to read to the boys, but then J made up his own while we were preparing to plant our seeds, so I decided to just let it be. J said that the sunflowers are the "sentinels" that stand tall to watch over and protect the three sisters as they grow. (See, that's better than anything I could have come up with!)

We planted our striped seeds along the northern edge of the garden, so that they won't shade the other plants, and again along the fence inside our front gate (also to the north, which leads to our garden). Plenty of sentinels to keep that corn safe!

Rosebud, below, wants to know when all the cold, rainy weather will finally be over. The rain's been great for the garden, not so good for spending time outside in it! But she's been a pretty good sport about bundling up and getting soggy.


Chuck said...

I love the idea of the 3 sisters garden and might give it a try next spring. Thanks for sharing the progress can't wait to see it producing yummy veggies!

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