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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 5/2/2016, 2:54 pm

@sfg4uKim wrote:I do mine a bit different and have had great success growing "4 per square" in a 2'x2' bed.

Hi, I'm planting corn for the first time ever in a 2 X 2 box using this same layout. At a minimum how deep should the soil be?


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/2/2016, 3:43 pm

I did it in the 6". Be aware that the bees LOVE the pollen. And they are VERY heavy feeders....


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Post  trolleydriver on 5/2/2016, 4:44 pm

Corn, corn everywhere corn. In the summer every farmer's field around here is full of corn.

I tried growing it in my regular garden soil one year. It grew well and produced some nice ears. The problem was that when I stripped the ears a ton of earwigs scrambled out. That turned me off growing it. My neighbor grew some last year and had the same problem.

Concerning pollinating corn ... When I was a teenager (wow that was a long time ago) I worked one summer at a government experimental farm in Ontario, Canada. To pollinate the corn (as part of the experiments) we put a paper bag over the tassles and shook the bag to capture the pollen. Then we would take that same bag and place it over the silks on the developing corn cobs. I think this was how they controlled the pollination so that there was no cross-pollination from different varieties which if allowed would ruin the experiment (e.g., when trying to develop a new variety).


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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 5/2/2016, 8:19 pm

AtlMarie: So the bees might eat all of the pollen, I take it. Thanks for the tip.
And, trolley driver: The earwigs. Ughhh. Those are all over my yard. Didn't know I had any until I started SFGing. Pesty, invasive things.
Have to satisfy myself yay or nay on growing corn. Fingers crossed.


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Post  sanderson on 5/2/2016, 8:24 pm

Earwigs - Sluggo Plus works against them.  Maybe sprinkle around the base of the stalk.

FMSM,  6" with nutritious compost.  If I remember, they are heavy feeders??

TD,  My husband de-tasseled corn when he was young.  I was trying to remember the word detassel and typed in tassel stripping  Shocked !  Then I added corn and it took me to detasseling.


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