I have spent lots of time planning out the garden in my head and visualizing as I'm out there. I have a space 5 x 10 that I am thinking of dedicating to sweet corn. Haven't grown sweet corn in 15 years! Since potatoes will be grown at Dads and we are not doing market this year I will plant fewer peppers, eggplant and onions. Neighbor has offered to me his small plot of about 5x15. I'm thinking cabbage will go there (for sauerkraut), plus I will share everything from my garden with them as usual.
Now to decide what variety to plant. I do want bi-color, not necessarily an early variety. I think later corn is much sweeter. I just cringe at the thought of roadside corn anymore, pesticides, GMO (?), etc.
I start my corn indoors to plant out because planting seeds here in town, doesn't work unless you have a fortress and bird netting built around your garden here. hahahaha
Something will dig up the seeds or snatch up the succulent, just sprouted seedling. I plant my transplants and mulch the bed the same day with grass clippings most years and I plan to do that this year also.
I start my seed in 72 plant cells with potting soil of your choice. I put mine on a heating pad just because I can.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Apr 14, 2020 13:06:39 GMT -5
The corn I like is a yellow from Pinetree called Incredible. This year I am doing another yellow called Honey Cream. I don't do that much corn and sometimes I skip a year even though it is my favorite veggie from the garden. So I do put a covering like netting over it to keep out the birds and squirrels out. I also have several plastic bottles. Hmmm
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
There is no way I'm going to try and anchor anything for a patch of corn.
That's not a problem. Just push the collar about 1/2 inch into the soil. I don't remember a collar blowing over. I had to go with collars because billbugs moved in about 10 years ago. Farmers use poisoned seed to prevent billbug damage. For a small amount of corn in a home garden, plant collars are the way to go. They also discourage birds, and they can last for several years, even if left in the garden.
All our problems would be solved if only we would change our ways.