MADISON (WKOW) -- You don't have to spend a lot of time or money giving your garden the nutrients it needs.
Melinda Myers tells us how to let your plants do the work. She suggests you try planting corn, squash, and beans. Some Native Americans believe those three things were special gifts from the Great Spirit.
Start by raking the soil into hills about three feet apart. Plant several corn seeds in each hill. Once the corn is 6-8" tall, plant a few bean seeds on each hill at the base of the corn.
At the same time, create several more hills for planting squash. Plant several squash seeds in each hill.
The corn supports the pole beans, while the pole beans fix nitrogen from the atmosphere to feed the other plants. The squash covers the soil, creating living mulch.