This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Monday, June 21, 2010

popcorn seedlings

popcorn

This is my popcorn. I have about twice as much this year as last year. So far, so good.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Toni said...

Your popcorn plants look great!!!
How deep is your corn bed?

June 21, 2010 10:25 PM

 
Blogger Kay said...

Popcorn! Wow! Do you have to let it dry on the ear? I don't have good luck with corn, I think my soil needs to be tilled really deeply, they just end up stubby or not germinating at all.

June 22, 2010 12:01 AM

 
Blogger Rachel said...

This is our first year growing popcorn. What variety are you growing and what is your harvest like?

June 22, 2010 12:27 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Please click below the post where it says "labels: popcorn" This will show you all about my harvest last year. It was great.

This year I have planted Baby Golden popcorn from Sand Hill Preservation Center.

I don't know what the questions about bed depth mean. I just turn my bed by hand with a regular shovel to about 6-8 inches. I add lots of manure, compost and cover crop to the bed for preparation.

June 22, 2010 12:43 AM

 
Blogger MUDNYC said...

Do you hill your corn stalks?

June 22, 2010 7:17 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

No. Should I?

June 22, 2010 5:35 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I do need to thin my corn a bit as the plants should be 8-10, inches apart. I will do this soon.

June 22, 2010 5:42 PM

 
Blogger MUDNYC said...

I'm not sure if you need to hill them -- bc I'm not sure if I need to hill my corn! I read it in a National Gardening Association email -- that after the corn is 1' tall, you should hill it to give it more support. It seems like a lot of work, though, so I haven't done it.

June 30, 2010 9:02 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I did not hill mine last year (the first year I have ever grown corn) and it did fine (except for the corn ear worms).

I have also read that hilling is a way to plant corn where it is planted in groups of 3 or 5 rather than rows. Sounds like "hilling" squash, where sometimes people plant it on a hill of soil (which I do), but sometimes it means just a clump of 3-5 plants on flat ground.

June 30, 2010 10:46 PM

 

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