help starting a native american garden

kirkhubAugust 31, 2001

this summer I had a three sisters garden to show my students but I want increase it for next year and I am looking for plants I can use in my program as well as plants that are fun to grow. some of wich - white sage, stinging nettle, osha, ect... I would also like to start the pernnial ones this year so that way in the spring they will already be astablished so I can use it by mid summer. is it ok to start the seeds now ? and does anyone have any advie for me

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I'm moving into a home with a very shady back yard with lots of pine trees. We live in South West Michigan and I want to have some flowers in my back yard but I have been very unsuccsessful in the past with shade plants. Can you give me some suggestions on what to get.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2001 at 10:24AM
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The 3 sisters is traditionally corn, beans, and squash. There are so many different kinds of each that there are an amazing number of combinations. Include cucumbers, the summer squashes, the summer beans and perhaps some ornamental corn. Popcorn, too. Try adding potatoes. Marigolds or, better yet, calendula (which is wonderful at reseeding) make bright spots in the garden. Also sunflowers are attractive and the seeds are a popular edible source of protein and fat!

You can include many of the seasoning herbs. these can be useful when you actually use the produce from you garden.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2002 at 3:23PM
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Well I see you have yarrow- that's one you'd want. Indians used to put it on cuts to stop bleeding.

Also cama bulbs with blue flowers were eaten and terrority that grew them, was fought over. The white ones are deadly.

I'll let you know if I come across others in my herb book, that had American Indian uses.

Love your Garden theme btw. I have a pinch of Cherokee myself.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2002 at 5:29PM
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Try looking in the Native American Seed Seasrch Catalog.
They have a number of vegetable and herb species listed.
Your local library may have books on plants used by the
Indians of your area; I haven't noticed most of these to
be helpful in terms of recipes for tonics,etc. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2002 at 11:14AM
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