Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 Today at 8:21 pm

» Thumbs Up????
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:19 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:16 pm

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:14 pm

» new greenhouse got drafted
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:08 pm

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:06 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY - ENDS 10/20/17
by Scorpio Rising Today at 8:03 pm

» Monarch Supporter
by Scorpio Rising Today at 7:55 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by donnainzone5 Today at 1:55 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:50 pm

» Gardening & Homesteading Skills Summit REGISTER NOW!
by sanderson Today at 1:17 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Today at 1:12 pm

» New England October 2017
by countrynaturals Today at 1:09 pm

» October Avatar: Don't Fence Me In
by trolleydriver Today at 11:45 am

» Hello from West Coast Of Scotland
by robert1938 Today at 5:14 am

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by sanderson Today at 2:46 am

» Does MM improve with age?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:51 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:28 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:34 am

» Leaf-Footed squash bugs
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 11:21 pm

» N & C Midwest: October 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 10/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Tomato Questions
by Scorpio Rising 10/14/2017, 9:06 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 5:52 pm

» large plant ID stakes
by has55 10/14/2017, 4:02 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 3:12 am

» First time growing corn
by sanderson 10/14/2017, 3:07 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 10/14/2017, 1:56 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson 10/13/2017, 2:29 am

» Disappointed...Italian Long Hots...and tomatoes
by Ginger Blue 10/12/2017, 7:41 pm

» Amaranth
by trolleydriver 10/12/2017, 5:29 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Container box for corn?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Container box for corn?

Post  greenmama on 4/11/2011, 10:52 am

I have two 4x4 boxes all planned out and filled. But I'm dreaming of planting corn too! (I'm really getting addicted to gardening!).

I don't want another whole 4x4 box, and I can't afford to buy more supplies for MM.

But--could I do something maybe 2x4, and fill it with potting soil or compost and use that for corn? How deep would it need to be to avoid blowing over?

I'm assuming I could use tall metal stakes in the ground for support?
avatar
greenmama

Female Posts : 52
Join date : 2011-02-18
Location : Northern Virginia--Zone 7

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  AZDYJ2K on 4/13/2011, 4:03 pm

I planted corn in a 3X3 last year with 5"-6" of MM. Not sure how it would work out with potting soil or compost. Obviously you would be getting away from the SFG method if you did that. I would suggest staying away from the potting soil and using compost. Reason is that you can later add the peat and vermiculite to the compost and make MM.
avatar
AZDYJ2K

Male Posts : 169
Join date : 2010-05-28
Location : Chandler, AZ USDA Zone 9A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  greenmama on 4/13/2011, 4:21 pm

AZDYJ2K wrote: I would suggest staying away from the potting soil and using compost. Reason is that you can later add the peat and vermiculite to the compost and make MM.

Aha! Very good point indeed!
avatar
greenmama

Female Posts : 52
Join date : 2011-02-18
Location : Northern Virginia--Zone 7

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  boffer on 4/13/2011, 4:22 pm

Corn will grow fine in 6 inches. When it's grown in small areas, it can blow over even if it is in the ground. Just plan on supporting it.

Corn is a very heavy feeder. I grow mine in just the five way compost that I put in my Mel's Mix. Growing corn is not a good gardening investment. But I like it fresh, really fresh!
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  AZDYJ2K on 4/14/2011, 12:25 pm

boffer wrote:Corn is a very heavy feeder. I grow mine in just the five way compost that I put in my Mel's Mix. Growing corn is not a good gardening investment. But I like it fresh, really fresh!

Boffer, I just wanted to confirm that you are just using the 5 way compost. No vermiculite and no peat, correct? I agree that corn is a heavy feeder and not a good investment of MM. Do you have boxes dedicated to corn? What do you do with the compost after the corn has been harvested?
avatar
AZDYJ2K

Male Posts : 169
Join date : 2010-05-28
Location : Chandler, AZ USDA Zone 9A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  boffer on 4/14/2011, 12:38 pm

My corn patch is 8x25. That's just too big of a box to fill with MM. It is bordered by rocks laying on the ground. The first year I dumped compost on the ground and turned it in with a backhoe. Since then, at the beginning of the season, I dump a couple inches of my 5 way compost on top, and let it go at that. At the end of the season, I pull the stalks, put them in the compost pile, and cover my corn patch with black plastic to protect it some from our winter rains.

When I was growing up, we would say: 'How fresh should corn be? First, put on the pot of water to boil, then go pick it.'

Since I started growing my own corn, I will stand in the garden and eat a couple ears raw for lunch.

But FarmerValerie has me beat. In another thread she said she just bends the stalk over, pulls back the husk, and munches away!


avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  middlemamma on 4/14/2011, 12:56 pm

I have never had corn fresh like that...never had but from the grocery store. I love it so much just that way I am super excited to taste it fresh off the stalk. bounce I hope I get a crop this year...
avatar
middlemamma
 
 

Female Posts : 2260
Join date : 2010-04-25
Age : 39
Location : Post Falls Idaho and LOVING it

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  Goosegirl on 4/14/2011, 1:28 pm

middlemamma wrote:I have never had corn fresh like that...never had but from the grocery store. I love it so much just that way I am super excited to taste it fresh off the stalk. bounce I hope I get a crop this year...

I just about fainted from excitement the first time as an adult walking through my corn patch when it was ready to pick (I never noticed this kind of thing when I was a kid). I could SMELL the sugar in it! I grabbed an ear and stripped it right there. It was the first time I ever ate raw corn - I had to check it out and see if it tasted as sweet as it smelled. IT DID!!!!! Never eaten store corn again.

GG
avatar
Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3412
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  FarmerValerie on 4/14/2011, 2:08 pm

I just cannot wait to get it off the stalk, or completely shuck it. When it comes to shucking corn though I'm still the fastest I've met yet. I get it clean too, very little silk left. Family members used to turn that job over to me, give me a paper bag, and a pile of corn to shuck and I am happier than a hog in mud. I just love corn that much. And for me, it is an investment, I walk through the corn singing happy happy joy joy, and I still take my shoes off to walk through it. It brings back childhood memories, and takes me back to simplier times, I just get such a peaceful, easy, feeling, aint' nothin' on this earth like it.

Don't forget you don't have to shuck it to grill it, just pick it, grill it, then peel back the husk and eat, MMMMMM, who needs butter and salt-those take to long to apply, thats time I could be spending eating it. I don't even mind the stuff stuck in my teeth.
avatar
FarmerValerie

Female Posts : 1611
Join date : 2011-01-29
Age : 51
Location : NE Texas, 75501, Zone 8a

View user profile http://www.rocksinmygarden.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Container box for corn?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum