NZ Lifestyle Block - - Grow & Tell - Yet an­other Hawkes Bay beauty. Sum­mer flow­er­ing corn. Scar­let run­ner beans flow­er­ing abun­dantl y. Our favourite, Whanga­paraoa Crown.

WHILE LOTS of veg­eta­bles can be planted at this time of year, the key for us is the tri­umvi­rate: corn, beans and pump­kin.

Th­ese are known as the ‘Three Sis­ters’ when planted to­gether, and they were of huge im­por­tance to Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes. The corn pro­vides sup­port, the beans fix ni­tro­gen, and the pump­kin or squash gen­er­ate a ground-cov­er­ing mulch.

We don’t grow them in the tra­di­tional man­ner, but we do con­sider them im­por­tant plants and value their con­tri­bu­tion to our health.


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