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nastyn8dawg316 t1_j5afbsy wrote

Ummm so the three sisters then that native Americans planted?!?!


pretendperson1776 t1_j5aiywu wrote

Can it be useful with current farming equipment though? I wonder if adaptations can be made to the equipment.


matt05024 t1_j5bbsd7 wrote

Theres plenty of intercropping practices that could be adopted (doing an undergrad thesis on one)

As far as ones meant for automation, look into row intercropping (especially with trees), silvopasture, Cover cropping, or intercropping methods where the main cash crop and beneficial secondary plants are at different heights (like sunflowers with clover understory)


TheSunflowerSeeds t1_j5bbtse wrote

If there are no Bees around, or other pollinators, self-pollination is an option. It isn’t ideal for the gene pool, but the seeds in the center of the flower can do this in order to pollinate. So having the ability to be both male and female at least ensures greater survival of the sunflower.


pretendperson1776 t1_j5bgsne wrote

I'm crazy for clover. I wish it was used on public grounds more. Thank you for the suggestion, I'm looking forward to falling down that rabbit hole!


matt05024 t1_j5bh3c6 wrote

Honestly there are so many great practices that fall under the term "regenerative agriculture". Not all of them are fully scalable (like food forests) but they can work at a range of scales and all increase biodiversity and land health, reduce input costs and lead to better food


RobfromHB t1_j5bc6dd wrote

None of the species related to three sisters planting are relevant here. This article is about cereal grain variety and species mixing.