anyone still gardening?

Re: anyone still gardening?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:14 pm

tvb wrote:I've never had success with corn; they always come out mutated like those shown above.

I finally got around to mulching in my garlic today. I hope it isn't too late as some bulbs were starting to pop out of the ground :flex: I have a pretty good side business selling it to local restaurants so I'm going to be seriously annoyed next summer if my procrastination sets back the harvest. I usually plant about 10 pounds and harvest about a hundred.


MMMMM....Garlic :up: Taking any orders from fellow forum members? :)

Seriously, try planting a few hills of corn if you have some room. The ears need to be pollinated and the hill method increases the pollination %. Corn is wind pollinated. When the tassels come out, just jiggle the plants in each hill. It works better than a few rows, you need many rows to get good wind pollination.
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Re: anyone still gardening?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:34 am

That's exactly what some ol' timers around here were telling us. I guess we just need to plant more. Same thing happened 2 years in a row, but we only had 4 plants max each year. I wanted to go gung-ho with it anyway, but the wife didn't want all corn ... she wanted a variety. Now I get to plant a sh**load of corn next spring! :D Might as well make use of the land. 8-)
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Re: anyone still gardening?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:12 am

SMITTY wrote:That's exactly what some ol' timers around here were telling us. I guess we just need to plant more. Same thing happened 2 years in a row, but we only had 4 plants max each year. I wanted to go gung-ho with it anyway, but the wife didn't want all corn ... she wanted a variety. Now I get to plant a sh**load of corn next spring! :D Might as well make use of the land. 8-)


Double dig the hills and make'm a little biger around. Co-plant with pole beans but only a couple of bean plants per hill. The beans are legumes - they fix nitrogen into the soil that the corn needs and grow up the corn plants using them for poles. Might not hurt to set up a tripod in the set. You'll be picking beans for a long time cause the pole varieties are continious bloomers.
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