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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

planting corn

corn patch

Today I planted 2 rows of popcorn. I thought I had 3 varieties, but one was actually a sunflower I found when I opened the package and looked at the seeds. I'm thinking of getting some sweet corn for the third row I had planned.

I ended up planting the corn at my community plot even though a fellow gardener said his got eaten last year. I'll try it myself and see what happens.
Popcorn (Zea mays averta)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Landon Whitsitt said...

How do you know when the corn is ready?

Easy - when the raccoons eat it!

May 13, 2009 10:39 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Ha!

I don't think we have raccoons, but I bet some critter get into my corn.

May 13, 2009 10:42 PM

 
Blogger Maggie said...

Kathy, Corn is wind pollinated so it is usually planted in blocks to increase the chance of fertilization. With two or three rows you may need to hand pollinate in order to harvest full ears- each kernel on a cob requires a grain of pollen to pollinate a corn silk on the cob. I look forward to your updates. I haven't grown popcorn yet, but I'd like to.

May 13, 2009 11:07 PM

 

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