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Three Sisters Gardening Log Sheet #1: Preparation

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Keeping a log with data on our Three Sisters Garden can help us find out what's going on as our plants grow, what they like and need. As we become aware of growth stages, patterns and relationships, we start seeing how this plant community interacts with the larger landscape around our garden as well as within it. Keeping brief notes on this can be valuable to our garden management both in the moment as well as a year or a decade from now. Scientists are grateful to gardeners who do this kind of citizen science over time.

Most important, sharing it with other gardeners—teachers, students, community-- can help us all. We are all learning from each other as we go. Each garden is unique in its needs, each is an adventure and a research lab. The mosaic of strategies and thus the techniques we apply will differ from place to place.

This data sheet is based on three practical values, which guide whatever strategies we choose:

First value is assisting our Three Sisters to be the healthiest and therefore most delicious they can be. We strive to do this by working year round to help create the healthiest soil possible in the garden, as people have done in areas where land has been farmed for thousands of years and is still fertile.

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