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#31 HALFSCALE ONLINE  

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 09:56 PM

Troy , Shorty is about right on spacing. you can thin when it comes up. I would reconsider on the silver king and go with argent or summer flavor. the ends of the corn grow shut tight and are less apt to get tip worm, if you plant between May 6-10 you will miss the first round of bores in our area.because you can't get the spray you need to do the job right with out a license.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 06:57 AM

All this gardening talk and I still have a month to last possible frost. It's just a bad idea to plant here before the third week of May. Then my nephew is getting married on the long weekend we usually plant on, so I'll be 8 hours away. So really it's going to be almost June before I can seed.

Oh well, just planting taters, carrots and onions this year anyway, I guess. I need to break up some clay, and root crops are good for that. Also, I made the mistake of asking some neighbours about using the empty field to grow for the Food Bank. Now it's gotten complicated, with people wanting to form committees and so on. I expect it all to fall apart by the weekend. Should've kept my mouth shut and just done it.

Anyway, for the corn thing, we usually plant 4" apart, then thin to 8" and space the rows 2 feet apart. My grandmother taught me that rows should always be in sets of three, although I don't really know why.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 07:51 AM

Corn is pollinated by wind. The tassel at the top is the male part and contains the pollen, the silk of the ears is the female part. If corn isn't planted in a block you may not get complete pollination. The outside rows normally don't do as well as the inside rows.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 10:11 AM

Troy, I like how things are turning out in the garden. Keep the photographs coming.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 06:27 PM

the silk of the ears is the female part.



A female with hairy ears? Now that's a site I'd really rather not see! LOL

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Posted April 25, 2012 - 07:16 PM

It's only important, if you decide to hand pollenate, make sure every silk has pollen on it. I haven't tried it myself, but I do hand pollenate squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pumpkins.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 07:25 PM

A female with hairy ears? Now that's a site I'd really rather not see! LOL

You made me spit out coffee LOL. Lesson learned, never take a drink of coffee when reading a post. :laughingteeth:
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 10:17 PM

Sweet corn doesn't pllenate very well after 90 degrees. The pollen gets burnt and you will start missing kernals. Certain varieties are bred to do better than others, another reason I suggested Argent. Silver queen and silver king are real dirty pollenators and the leaves are like little razor blades, Nasty in the corn field with short sleeves.
A good rule of thumb is that once the corn goes into silk , it's about 2 weeks from harvest, depending on heat and moisture. The silk will die and turn brown accross the top, then it should be checked for ready. If you want it for drying or corn meal , then let it go another week until the milk forms in the cob.
A bit of meaningless trivia, there is as much nutrients in silk as the whole rest of the ear of corn. thats one of the reasons deer bite the tips off and go to the next ear.
After thinking about it, if your worried about not getting enough wind to pollenate[ since it looks like your blocked in by buildings] you can take a leaf blower and walk along your rows blowing the stalks around.
Here on the farm it's never a worry, when we spray we are using an air blast sprayer that can go in 12 rows.

Edited by HALFSCALE, April 25, 2012 - 11:30 PM.

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 07:24 PM

:dancingbanana: Woo-Hoo, my corn is up about a half inch! Man, what a couple days make. I was about to give up. Radishes are up about an inch high, spinach is coming through nicely, and the carrots are just starting to break ground. Still haven't seen much with the cucumbers, watermelon, or cantalopes yet, but the corn coming through is enough satisfaction for me!

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Posted April 29, 2012 - 08:52 AM

Great to hear! Nothing like seeing something you've planted start to take off.
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Posted June 17, 2012 - 05:18 PM



Just some updated pictures of how well my garden is turning out. I didn't realize that I haven't posted recent progress pictures. Radishes are just about done, the spinach is big and full, tomato plants are becoming huge, watermelon and cantalopes are doing real good, and as you can see in the last picture, the corn is getting high, yoo-hoo!

Edited by johndeereelfman, June 17, 2012 - 05:21 PM.

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Posted June 17, 2012 - 09:42 PM

Lookin good Troy.Your corn is taller than ours at the farm.Pretty soon the kids will be playing hide and seek in the corn.Thats what we did growing up.
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Posted June 18, 2012 - 06:49 AM

Looks like a good harvest before long, everything looks to be growing well!
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Posted June 18, 2012 - 07:02 AM

Lookin' good, keep at it. Thanks for sharing
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Posted June 18, 2012 - 08:10 AM

Troy, your garden is coming along very nicely.

One thing you might want to consider. That girl is not going to scare any crows away from the corn, she's just too darn cute. lol

Great looking updates. Keep them coming.
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