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Glenn

Baby sitting corn crop

Well I guess the title sounds a bit weird but after a dismal attempt last year I really want to hit growing corn on the head.I planted 20 seeds last year(4 actually came up) and they died a terrible death even though I watered and fed them some horse manure tea...seriously they looked ugly and not at all green,pale and lifeless.
So this year I planted 110 seeds,so far 53 have risen and hopefully more as the week progress's,my soil is in good condition after growing a good crop of spuds last season so I tilled in some organic manure mix some blood and bone and some dried chicken poo.What I'm after is what now,while it's growing I want to keep up the good work to ensure the crop comes in and doesn't die an awful death,maybe I watered it too much(How much is good?)maybe it didn't like the horse poo liquid teas last year.I just want to know how others keep 'em alive and kicking now they are coming up.

Glenn.
sod

Hi we do same as, but just plant in well composted soil and water every couple of days. Having said that last week I bought some corn plants put them in and they look lke you sad   You are ahead of us weather wise, still odd frost
Rena

Digindeep is on holiday, but when he gets back, grab 'im an see what he thinks...he's the greenest thumb I've ever seen! (My corn never did so well.... )
Glenn

Hey Sod...give us back our bdooly rain.

Mil went back to NZ yesterday after spending 3 weeks over here,looks like she's going back to soggy paddock's.Unfortunately it looks like we are heading for a hot dry summer so Im thinking of mulching around the corn once they get about a foot tall.

Glenn.
sod

With pleasure Glenn and you can have the gale force *&&^%%&^&*&^% winds too weve had for 24+ hours now only change has been the way it has been coming from NW now South  
Glenn

Yep it sure looked ugly out your way sod.

bdooly chickens dug up a pile of me potatoes that I planted today so it looks like I'll have to fence them off till they grow a bit.

How are you at growing coomera?I have a few that's gone all rooty like and was thinking of burying them just like spuds or is there more to it than that?

Glenn.
Digindeep

Thank you Rena...

Basically good fertile soil, which it sounds as though you have already achieved, chicken poo, B,F&B, plus other manure.

I can only really go by our seasons here n GB, always start them off during April, seeds in small pots, on window sills, heated propagator, G/house or conservatory.
Harden them off slowly, bring them inside if required or cover with fleece .
Plant out during late May- June, after all frosts have gone, in groups/blocks.
15 to 18 inch apart. Obviously in blocks to suit the amount you are sowing.
After that, once planted out, routine care, water regularly, cover blocks again with fleece if require on cold nights.

Only real  problems I know of...is poor pollination. mostly the light breezes will surfice plus natures own pollinators.
What I know as Frit-fly, will attack young plants and distort the tips of the plant, causing twisted or distorted plants or later cobs with little kurnels inside. another reason to cover with fleece or even old net curtains at early stages.

Hope that helps Glenn and by the way not seen you for a good while where you been hiding,    back
Glenn

Thanks Digindeep not sure what ya mean by fleece but it sounds like fine netting to me am I correct?

I'd like to say I've been busy but preoccupied probably says it best,changing all my veggie patch around as what I thought was the right way to go wasn't so it has taken some of my time...quietly sitting under manure acting like a mushroom on a mission.

I did manage to build a huge chicken pen and run that sits at the bottom of the patch.Started breeding GLWyandotte bantams and Pekin's and already have a few hatchings under my belt.My best effort though was a 3 Kg head on a Romanesco Broccoli plant.

Glenn.
Digindeep

Glenn wrote:
Thanks Digindeep not sure what ya mean by fleece but it sounds like fine netting to me am I correct?

Glenn.


Not sure how to describe fleece really, but your not far out in what you say.
It does not have holes in it as such, but allows water and light to penetrate.
Type of stuff you get in some padded jackets for warmth.

Bally heck you certainly did well with your Romanesco. Tried it for the first time ever this season, small crop of tiny heads, similar size to a broccoli crop.
There's always next season, have a good one yourself and keep us all upto date with your progress, good and bad
Glenn

Ok I know the stuff ya talking about,I think I've seen it in a haberdashery shop.Thanks.
Glenn.

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