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Old April 26, 2019   #16
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So pretty, Rajun! Happy indeed.

I spied the first few seeds up yesterday. I'll have to soak the ground again as it's dry here. The rain we were supposed to get today won't happen. The front is passing through dry.
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And just like that, something started the war!!!




What a difference in size a few weeks make. You can see the smaller plants on the right where the ground is lower and holds water when it rains hard, I'm guessing the water washed away the nitrogen.







Some are starting to tassle
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Old May 7, 2019   #18
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Wow, your corn is going gangbusters! It's amazing how you look at it one day and before you know it, it's already knee high once it kicks in! Suckin' up that nitrogen!
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Hopefully the silks are right behind.



I once had tassles ready to do their thing, but no ears showing anywhere. So, I gathered the pollen, put it in the freezer, and a month later I took it out and hand pollinated the silks.
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What is your experience with the double row plantings?

I am considering double rows 12in apart and 2 foot space before the next double row starts. Only have enough space to do 2 double rows..... ie 4 rows total.
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So far the corn is looking good. No down-side I can see yet to the double row method. After the first side dressing, pulling some soil over the shallow fertilizer furrow kind of created a valley between each double row. Once I couldn't water overhead because the adjacent potato row had to dry out a bit, I hand watered. It turned out that the valley held water nicely, allowing it to slowly sink in. An unexpected plus.



I think I'll go back to 3' spacing between the double rows next year. 4' isn't necessary. Live and learn.
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Next year I may go to one big growout. The way I have been doing it is to succession plant, three plantings staggered by a couple or three weeks. It is beginning to wear on me...maybe one big crop and then freezing would be better. I do get corn earlier than any local for sale, but it is a lot of work. Last year, only the 2nd set pollinated decently, and that was by hand.

Reading this, I am envious of Rajun's block of 18 doz at once, 7"/2 ft rows. I have two sets in and I should have planted again last week. I went with double rows this year, two parallel double rows for each set, 9"spacing with about 18" in the double and then about 3 ft between the doubles. So that takes 6 rows of garden space. All three sets are in the same patch.

The last time I put three sets of corn at the same spot, the corn came up nice, pollinated almost perfectly, but as I finished picking the first set (8-10 per day for dinner) and began picking the second, squirrels started destroying all the remaining cobs, ripe or not. I had to pick all of set 2 to salvage, and 3 never got a chance to ripen at all. I'd estimate I lost 50% of the potential that year. I suppose that will happen again this year if I don't find a way to protect it.

BTW that was triple rows that came in so well, but I never sidedressed. Just 10-10-10 and raised beds with tons of compost. This year with the double rows I intended to side dress as well, but I don' know if I'll get to it.

Now I have to measure how much space I am using for these 6 double rows and calculate how many possible in one big block of 7"/24".
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Looking good GoDawgs!!! Hang in there and before you know it you'll have some of these.



Blanched, chilled and resting in the fridge for supper!!! I had to sample a few of raw and cooked, both were DEElicious!!! Is there anything better than fresh off the stalk sweet corn?


I'm not sure if it's the spacing or the crazy, rainy, cloudy weather but these should be bigger. We had rain most of spring and then 2 weeks ago the rain stopped, the sun came out and it's been summertime heat since. Maybe it's a combination of both.

I also noticed the shorter corn had bigger worms in them compared to a few with small worms in the bigger corn.

I know these were just a few early ones but it's been 63 days since I dropped the seeds and 22 days since I noticed tassles on some stalks.

These were just the early ones that were ripe so maybe the others will grow bigger.
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Those are some gorgeous ears, Rajun! Ones to be proud of.
Gotta ask... what variety are you growing? I went back to the beginning of this thread and I didn't see you mention it. I'm just gonna guess that it was all those cloudy days that maybe kept the ears shorter? Corn sure does love the sun.

I keep putting the water to mine. It's at Day 40 from seeding right now.
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I'm growing Peaches-n-Cream and might drop another few rows soon just to see if they survive the bug pressure.
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I've never had much success with a second crop. Between bugs and the heat, I guess it's not to be. Plus I could use a break in garden work.
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