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Old April 1, 2017   #16
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For container gardening--Burpees has a variety called "On the Deck". It really does well.
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Old April 1, 2017   #17
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The last few years I've had trouble getting a stand. The birds peck it out as soon as the green shoots appear-they're apparently after the endosperm as the green shoot is left laying on the ground. Guess I'll have to cover with row cover until the shoot get some size.
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Old April 2, 2017   #18
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Gdaddybill, my daddy would tie thin strips of old t-shirts to a string that was over his corn rows to keep the birds from pecking. It sounds like a lot of work tieing a bunch of scraps to a string but he did it while watching t.v. So the work went by w/o much trouble. Maybe sparkly ribbon (like for helium balloons) would work too? But the bird netting row cover does sound faster.

Brownrexx is spot on! Follow his advice for corn spacing/rows.

Now all y'all that have raccoon problems I might have a solution. It's cucumbers. Ring your corn patch with cucumbers. I planted mine thick and had them climb string upwards. Make sure your cucumber variety is prickley. IIRC, I think the mouse melons didn't have any prickles and I worried about that corner of my corn Fort Knox.

This worked for me when I grew corn 2 or 3 years ago. I wanted to test it again with Silver Queen before recommending it but my gardenening plans haven't gone as planned for a couple of years now.

About 3 years ago I picked up this packet of corn seed. It was red, looked like fun, family thought it was too weird and they all said, "I ain't eating that!" Tasted fine to me? So did the raccoons stay out of my corn patch b/c of the cukes or b/c it was weird and red?
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Old April 2, 2017   #19
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For my mangoes,some old CDs ,on thin fishing line,not too long as to guillotine all your fruit/foliage during those unruly winds.Drives birds ,squirrels,especially the neighbors whose trees get my driven away vermin BONKERS!.Win Win.
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Old April 3, 2017   #20
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wow. appreciate all the replies. I do grow in raised beds, so big block would not work for me as the native soil is a hard clay.

ya'll plant corn close, I was thinking 12" apart, but maybe I could drop that # down a bit. the raised bed is 6 feet wide x 12 feet long, and the other is 6x8. I figured I could squeeze 3 rows in 6 feet, but maybe? that would block it up a bit more.

abiding my time until maybe mid april, local farm report suggests either the 2nd or 3rd week in april for best production. oddly, planting late bugs become a problem and production drops off.
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If you can't make it more of a block than that you can do this. When the tassels have formed and you see silks, you can gently shake the stalks so that the pollen falls onto the silks and improves pollination.
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Old April 3, 2017   #22
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If you can't make it more of a block than that you can do this. When the tassels have formed and you see silks, you can gently shake the stalks so that the pollen falls onto the silks and improves pollination.

thanks for the advice. yes, this will be a small backyard batch. saw corn at the grocery store yesterday for 59c an ear.
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Mine are in a block of about 4 rows and about 6 per row.
They are now growing tassel ans silk.
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Old May 24, 2017   #24
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wow. yours is a lot further along, I don't have silk or tassels yet. the wind has blown a couple over and something has eaten the tops (leaves) on a couple.
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