FOUR SISTERS ESSENTIALS
 🌿The Indigenous American staple crops of corn, squash and climbing beans, traditionally grown together for mututal nutrient and physical support, along with their pollination companion, the sunflower, are known as the ‘Four Sisters’ (or ‘three sisters’ without the sunflower)
 🌿Corn is a grass that craves nitrogen; Squash leaves spread and shade the ground; sunflowers are tall and seen by pollinators above the corn; beans use corn and sunflowers to climb, and fix nitrogen in soil. 
 🌿Corn is wind-pollinated so the sisters are planted close, to touch each other. We grow them in groups of 5 or 6 around a deep watering pipe, so all the sisters have consistent moisture and grow fast. 

🌽 5 corn plants around each pipe (at least 30 plants in all)
🌽 1 or 2 sunflowers between the groups of corn, providing wind stability (we sometimes skip this as other flowers are nearby)
🌽 underplanted with your favourite cucurbits (we choose cucumber) as a living mulch.
🌽 climbing legumes partnered with each corn and flower, for a ready-made climbing frame (we choose summer beans)
🌽 the sisters create a wonderful microclimate that garden critters love.

👉SEE HERE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON OUR DEEP WATERING PIPES👈
Lengths of PVC pipe that we install with crops like corn, tomato, and others  that benefit from water bypassing leaves and delivered straight to the roots down deep.

Look wide, grow well, folks🌿.