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Post  boffer on 6/21/2011, 1:51 pm

I had a cool May with no heat in sight. So I covered my corn patch with black plastic to help warm the soil. When it was time to plant, I cut X's in the plastic to stick the seeds through. My thinking was the plastic would help keep down weeds. After a month, I had 7 stalks to show for 200 seeds planted. Two packages of seeds, both packed for 2011, and I got 7 out of 200 to germinate. Sad


The other day I was out in the garden, and my cat was pouncing all over, trying to jump on a lump in the plastic that kept moving around! Sure enough, there were no rotted seeds to be found, and I found many 1 inch holes near where the seeds should have been. Some varmint ate 193 of my corn seeds!!!

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I've haven't had this happen before. I'm guessing it was mice, and the plastic made it really easy, safe, and comfortable for them to do their dirty work. Rolling Eyes

I didn't think I had enough time to re-plant a long season corn, so I pulled the plastic up and re-planted with a short season type. I've never done a short season strain before, so maybe I'll learn something.

The plastic sure seemed like a good idea!
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Post  quiltbea on 6/21/2011, 1:57 pm

Sorry for your woes, Boffer.
Sometimes our best ideas fall flat.
I hope the early corn works for you. Good luck.
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Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/21/2011, 2:00 pm

I hate to laugh but it was kind of a funny story. Sorry you lost all that hard work to mice. I wasn't going to plant corn and at the last minute got bored of nothing to do in the garden I bought some short season corn. I'll be trying it right a long with ya! Good luck. Hope you don't have anymore mice problems.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 6/21/2011, 2:12 pm

krazikandiland wrote:I hate to laugh but it was kind of a funny story. Sorry you lost all that hard work to mice. I wasn't going to plant corn and at the last minute got bored of nothing to do in the garden I bought some short season corn. I'll be trying it right a long with ya! Good luck. Hope you don't have anymore mice problems.
+1 tehe!
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Post  ModernDayBetty on 6/21/2011, 2:34 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:Quote of the moment: . . . After weeks of extensive testing and
observation, I can unequivocally and confidently say my hypothesis holds
true; the lawn is not going to mow itself..~Tom of Tall Clover Farm Blog.

That is the funnest thing ever! I'm in the middle of testing that hypothesis myself. Every time the grass goes to seed I think, wow that grass is hard at work making more grass. Good grass. I hate mowing!
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Post  stripesmom on 6/21/2011, 4:59 pm

They may have stored the seeds some where. This spring, we took my husbands Harley in to have a new chain put on and some other things done. When we went to pick it up, the guy handed us the old parts and a dish full of cat food. He said when he went to start it up, the cat food came shooting out of the exhaust! The mice had been storing it in there all winter, lol. Guess he found it so funny, he swept it up and kept it just to give back.

Sorry about your corn though, that's a real bummer. Hopefully, you'll like the short season corn as well.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/21/2011, 5:17 pm

Outsmarted yourself and fed Mother Nature at the same time. I do it repeatedly. Have a beer, buddy, and plan your corn for next year....unless you decide you want to try corn in the heated garden? Lol!
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Post  middlemamma on 6/21/2011, 6:26 pm

I got 2 short season types in the garden now boff...we will learn together!

I am glad it was something like that and not that your seeds just didn't grow.

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Post  Goosegirl on 6/21/2011, 8:12 pm

I have a 67-day, Northern Xtra-Sweet growing right now - had to flame a bunny tongue with cayenne pepper so the corn wouldn't keep getting nipped! It seems that several of us are giving the short-season stuff a try this year! If the cayenne doesn't work I may end up making rabbit slippers albino . You'll have to catch a lot of mice to make slippers, Boff!

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Post  jhayford on 6/21/2011, 8:22 pm

Boffer my son thought your story was hilarious. He is 7 and has Autisim he doesn't understand the work you did. He just understands the mice were eating under the plastic. Anyway you made him laugh thank you . cheers
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Post  shannon1 on 6/25/2011, 2:07 am

We all learn by doing. The only people that don't make mistakes are the ones that do nothing at all. Thanks for sharing so we all can learn a bit. Give the cat a treat for tipping you off. Who knows perhaps you will end up enjoying the short season stuff even more.
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