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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

popcorn seedlings


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



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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