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Post  twodaend on 3/26/2014, 12:04 pm

I was wondering what your thoughts are for the following layout. This is my 3rd year SFG-ing and each year I seem to add something.  Last year I added more boxes with a trellis and now this year all my boxes will have a trellis.  I started just about everything from seed indoor last year, which was really tough for things like collards, turnips, spinach, etc. because of all the ones we can plant per square.  This year, I will direct sow those veggies (as soon as the weather corporates) and focus on indoor seeding the warm weather crops.  I think I'll get more bang for the buck that way and not have a million seedlings to keep up with.

Below is my planned layout for 2014. Any thoughts, suggestions, or tips would be great.

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Post  Turan on 3/26/2014, 12:45 pm

I think it looks really nice. I suspect you can plant 2 Roma tomatoes in that 3x3 space, and/or under plant with lettuce/ greens. By the time the Romas take up all the space it will be too hot for the greens anyways and you will have harvested them.

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Post  slimbolen99 on 3/26/2014, 1:16 pm

There's a high possibility that your three varieties of corn will possibly cross pollinate -- normally that's not a good thing, but I am not sure whether that will impact their ability to put on edible ears or not.  They will also probably block out the sun on anything to the west of them in the late afternoon, but I don't think it will impact what you have planned there anyway.
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Post  twodaend on 3/26/2014, 1:28 pm

Thank Turan.  I'll probably plant some lettuce/greens around the roma to fill in the space until the roma is ready.  Last year, I did not cage it and it took all 9 squares and almost some of the next row.

Thanks Slimbolen99.  The 2 corns that are together are Sh2 and the one by itself is SE.  From what I found, I can keep the 2 varities together, but seperate different varities.  However, like you said, I don't know if I have enough seperation.  Only the taste test will tell.   Very Happy
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Post  southern gardener on 3/26/2014, 2:59 pm

@slimbolen99 wrote:There's a high possibility that your three varieties of corn will possibly cross pollinate -- normally that's not a good thing, but I am not sure whether that will impact their ability to put on edible ears or not.  They will also probably block out the sun on anything to the west of them in the late afternoon, but I don't think it will impact what you have planned there anyway.

I was under the impression the pollination didn't matter unless you were gonna keep the seeds?? Uh oh. I mixed my corn too, am I gonna have probs? I mixed Silver Queen and Kandy Korn......
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Post  boffer on 3/26/2014, 6:25 pm

According to the TSC spring catalog, only the hybrid sh2 needs to be isolated by time or distance.  Apparently, if it is cross-pollinated, this year's harvest will lose some of the sweetness it was bred for.  

This years harvest of open pollinated and hybrid SE/se will not be affected by cross-pollination.  Kandy Corn and Silver Queen are in this category.
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Post  camprn on 3/26/2014, 7:02 pm

@twodaend wrote: I started just about everything from seed indoor last year, which was really tough for things like collards, turnips, spinach, etc. because of all the ones we can plant per square.  This year, I will direct sow those veggies (as soon as the weather corporates) and focus on indoor seeding the warm weather crops.  I think I'll get more bang for the buck that way and not have a million seedlings to keep up with.

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Post  southern gardener on 3/26/2014, 7:59 pm

@boffer wrote:According to the TSC spring catalog, only the hybrid sh2 needs to be isolated by time or distance.  Apparently, if it is cross-pollinated, this year's harvest will lose some of the sweetness it was bred for.  

This years harvest of open pollinated and hybrid SE/se will not be affected by cross-pollination.  Kandy Corn and Silver Queen are in this category.

phew.....I'm not sure what all the SE and F1 and all that mean lol. But i'm glad I'm OK...thanks Boffer!!
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Post  twodaend on 3/27/2014, 3:00 pm

@boffer wrote:According to the TSC spring catalog, only the hybrid sh2 needs to be isolated by time or distance.  Apparently, if it is cross-pollinated, this year's harvest will lose some of the sweetness it was bred for.  

This years harvest of open pollinated and hybrid SE/se will not be affected by cross-pollination.  Kandy Corn and Silver Queen are in this category.

Should sh2 be isolated from other sh2 or just from other varieties, su, SE, etc?  I'll have 2 different kinds of sh2 next to each other and my SE about 75 feet away.
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