This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

plant corn when oak leaves are as big as squirrels' ears

baby oak leaves

I brought home this stem of white oak leaves today to remind myself to plant my corn seeds soon. Its time ... "Plant corn when oak leaves are as big as squirrel's ears" is an old phenology truism. These oak leaves are almost as big as rabbit's ears now. I better get to it!

phenology: planting by natural cues
Popcorn (Zea mays averta)



Blogger Cynthia said...

I planted corn with everything else and the sprouts are about an inch tall :) Only 4 out of 12 are sprouting though so I'm hoping the rest are just a bit slow... I hope yours turn out great! Are you going to directly sow them into the ground?

May 07, 2009 10:50 PM

Anonymous Steve said...

Yay I planted my corn last weekend! Hope it comes up better than my beans.

I have tiny white worms with brown heads eating the insides out of all of my bean seeds before they sprout. Any ideas what they are or how to kill them? Thanks!!!

May 07, 2009 10:52 PM

Blogger Aerie-el said...

Nice. I hadn't heard that before!

May 08, 2009 1:49 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Steve, I've never heard of those bean worms. Maybe someone else has.

And yes, I was planning to direct sow the corn. I'm just not sure where.

May 08, 2009 2:23 PM


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