BEANS, THE SECOND SISTER
In keeping with our traditional gardening theme we are previewing the Second Sister, Beans. New world beans have been cultivated by First Nations people for thousands of years. Though some heritage Beans have become extinct we can see around us everyday the popular varieties that have survived, these include Kidney, Black, Cranberry, Pinto and Navy beans. Very nutritious the bean family provides starch, protein, fibre, iron, potassium, vitamin B6 and Folic acid.
Often cultivated by First Nations using the “Three Sister” method, the combination of planting Beans, Maize and Squash they are an important part of traditional diets. These plants perform perfectly together. The Corn provides support for the Beans to climb, the Beans provide Nitrogen to the soil and the Squash acts as Mulch keeping weeds at bay and deterring pests.