TanahkeekcheeÔk “Where Planting Ground” (Vegetable Garden)

Our gardens have always been a center of female empowerment, food production and relationships. A staple of our gardens are the 3 sisters. This is where corn beans and squash grow out of the mound. Step outside and enter the grounds of a typical.



Trellis Support: Corn stalks create a natural trellis for beans to climb. The beans’ twining vines secure the corn, especially during high winds.

Nitrogen Fixation: Beans naturally absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it into nitrates. These nitrates fertilize the soil for both corn and squash.

Mutual Benefits: Corn and beans growing together tend to be healthier than when raised separately. Native growers observed this synergy long before modern science confirmed it 12.


Nitrogen Enrichment: Beans, through their symbiotic relationship with specific bacteria, enrich the soil with nitrogen. This benefits not only the beans themselves but also neighboring corn and squash plants.

Support System: Beans wind around corn stalks, providing structural support and preventing them from toppling over.

Weed Suppression: The broad leaves of squash plants shade the ground, preventing weed growth between the corn and beans 3.


Ground Cover: Squash plants contribute by providing ground cover. Their large leaves shade the soil, reducing weed competition and retaining moisture.

Weed Control: By preventing weeds from taking over, squash ensures a healthier environment for the entire trio.

Moisture Retention: The shading effect of squash leaves helps retain water in the soil, benefiting all three sisters.

These trees produce abundant quantities of mast (nuts). These nuts name for fantastic natural dyes.
Pequot children were often sent out with berry picking baskets to collect these fruits which were eaten fresh, used for baking, or dried and preserved for later use. The fruits could also be crushed and used to make dye.