The Garden on 6-28-21… Don’t Laugh!

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. I also hope your garden looks MUCH better than mine. Earlier in April, I was all ready to plant the garden and was hopeful I could get it planted about the first of May. I had the seed and the garden had been tilled more than once. I was waiting for the temperatures to warm up so I could plant but that didn’t happen. All through May, the temperatures stayed too cool. Then came the non-stop rain… The farmers in the area that managed to get their seed planted early said when, and if their corn did come up, it just sat there. Most farmers didn’t get their corn in until late, and what they had planted earlier had to be replanted. There are only a few fields where the corn looks really good right now. I didn’t get this sweet corn planted until June 3 and 4th. Fortunately, I did get a much better stand than in 2020 for the most part. There were some iffy areas where none of it came up, which was weird.

I planted the sweet corn all by hand this year, single rows instead of double, because of seeder issues. It is frustrating when you are using a seeder that doesn’t plant properly and you didn’t notice until the corn didn’t come up. This year, I planted 2-4 seeds 8″ apart. Nathan helped me on June 3rd and started out planting the Ambrosia (bi-color counterpart to Bodacious). I started out planting Bodacious in the next section. After putting a single seed 8″ apart, I decided we should plant 3 seeds 8″ apart. That way if one or two don’t come up, there would still be a third one that might. SO, we both got 4 rows, 25′ long planted the first day. Then, on June 4, I planted 4 rows of Incredible… BUT, still not all the corn came up. I checked and what didn’t come up, mostly the Incredible, had germinated, had a nice tap root, but the top part died before coming out of the ground. That is weird!

There are two reasons I planted single rows instead of double… For one, standing the corn back up when it blows over will be much easier. The second reason is spacing requirements. When I used the seeder to plant double rows, a lot of the corn was too close together. I attempted to transplant some of it to bare areas, but too much soil fell off the roots and it didn’t work out very well. When I harvested the sweet corn, I noticed A LOT of the stalks didn’t produce any ears. Even though I did put over 300 ears in the freezer, I think I can get just as many by proper spacing and not as many stalks.

I didn’t have the issue with moles because I put the mole repeller in the middle of the sweet corn. Even so, there was a mole run a few days ago, but the seed had already come up…

I don’t want to talk about the peas… Absolutely not. I planted them twice… I planted only 8 tomatoes instead of 20 because that was a bit much. I planted 4 Celebrity and 4 Brandywine. Celebrity was a hit last year and I haven’t tried Brandywine since I lived in Mississippi… In Mississippi, the flowers would fall off during the heat of the summer then set fruit once the temps cooled off a bit. As a result, by the time we had our first “F” in December, the tomatoes still hadn’t ripened. The flowers won’t fall off here (usually don’t anyway) so HOPEFULLY I will have Brandywine to try.

OH, I also planted four rows of Top Crop Green Beans next to the Ambrosia.

The above photo is from the post June 22 Garden Update & Tomato Trellising in 2020. I had watered the corn I think a day before then a storm came and blew it over for the first time. According to the post, we got 1 2/10″ of rain… I am not sure when this corn was planted without going back and reading older posts.

SO, over the weekend it has rained. Nathan and I were in Clinton Friday afternoon and we had to wait to come home because of a HUGE storm. We left Wal-Mart and were driving down a street and all a sudden it started pouring. The wind blew so hard the car was fishtailing. SO, I found a spot in the driveway of a cemetery and waited. Once it seemed where I could drive, I pulled up the street and Nathan rolled down his window… Of course, the rain blew in. I said, “What did you do that for?” He said, “So I could see if anything was coming.” HMMM… Well, the window won’t roll back up on that side (power windows) very well and then my glasses were wet so I couldn’t see anyway. I put a new power window motor on the driver’s side last summer, but not on the passenger side. If someone rolls it down, it only goes back up partway and stops. After a few minutes, it will go up a little more. It takes a while, but it will eventually go all the way. I guess Nathan was having a panic moment and forgot…At least it was on his side so I guess he learned a lesson for the day. Actually, it was his second but I will not go into the first.

Over the weekend we received 6″ of rain! There was already a half-inch in the gauge Friday morning, and almost 3 when we got back home. Then, over the rest of the weekend, it rained a little over 3″ more. There is rain in the forecast every day the rest of the week…

SO, even though it will be a while before I can till the garden and pull weeds and grass, the rain gave the corn, green beans, and tomatoes quite a boost. They doubled in size in one day! Yeah, I will be very busy when the ground is dry enough because right now, I can only look at it… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The GREAT thing is we got rain AND the corn didn’t blow over…

Well, I better close for now. Take care and be safe. Be thankful and GET DIRTY!

 

28 comments on “The Garden on 6-28-21… Don’t Laugh!

  1. That’s a GARDEN! I hope you have lots of family and friends to help you eat that harvest. 🙂 Don’t you wish we could spread rain around because I’d ask for a couple of inches and that would let you get outside and pull some weeds. I saw weeds this morning but in this heat, I just looked at them and thought another day for sure. 🙂

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    • Hello Judy! Oh, I won’t have any trouble eating it. I froze over 300 ears of corn last year and only a few ears are left. Not including what I gave away. A couple of inches of rain per week would be great but unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. I know what you mean about the heat. A lot gets put off during the summer because of the heat and then sometimes never gets done. Then I say I will do better next year. 🙂 Take care and thanks for the comment!

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      • If my senior mind serves me, you mentioned a mole detractor. Have you found one that works? I’d love to buy one.

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        • They work pretty well. A company from China contacted me in 2019 to test a couple of mole repellers then write a post about them. They sent two like he said. One stopped working within a couple of weeks and the other one is still going at it. I had issues with moles in the shade garden, so I put one there, and it is the one that is still working. It keeps moles away for at least 60′ diameter. I had moles, and a vole, in the garden before, so I put the repeller in the garden last spring and had no issues once I did that. There are A LOT of listings on Ebay. Just remember, they are mole repellers not detectors. 🙂

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I do love a nice bicolor sweet corn. We used to have one called butter and cream, although I don’t know if that was a formal name, or just grandma’s. It was so tender and sweet. Our corn just is coming in now. The tomatoes are about finished until fall, but the yellow squash, zucchini, and pattipan squashes are thriving. I’ve been freezing fresh lady cream peas; they’re one of my favorites, and it’s almost impossible to get them in the grocery stores. I’m always of a divided mind this time of year — who wants a freezer full of produce if a hurriane comes? — but I’m not about to do actual canning. I have my limits!

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    • Hello Linda! My sister raves and Peaches and Cream, so I told her I would plant some last year if she helped shuck it. Well, when it was ready she forgot she said that. 🙂 It was good but not as good as Incredible in my opinion. Butter and Cream is a name I was trying to remember because I think I planted it in the 1980’s. I haven’t planted squash for several years, but I do enjoy fried zucchini. I prefer freezing over canning for several reasons, mainly because I don’t want to sit and watch the canner. Dad watched the canner when he was still alive. I took over the canning part when I moved back here because dad said it made him nervous. All three of us got the green beans and sweet corn ready, though. That would be sad if you freeze everything and have a power outage for several days. GEEZ! Take care and thanks for the comment!

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  3. Dayphoto says:

    Your work is paying off. I would never laugh. Gardening in hard but rewarding work.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Don’t laugh?! At least you have a garden, . . . with good looking soil, in a perfectly flat and square plot. I just could not do it this year with all that is going on. Even if I was able, I do not grow corn. Hey, I really should do corn again. The little bit we grew was popular with the guys at work.

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    • Hello Tony! The soil is very good, but it does need some amending with “the good stuff”. I haven’t added any composted cow manure for several years. I could clean out the chicken house, huh? Homegrown sweet corn is AMAZING! You could just buy some from a farmer’s market. 🙂 Take care and thanks for the comment!

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Some people here really like it, but I prefer to not grow it because of minimal space and limited moisture retention in the soil. Corn needs to be watered more than other vegetables, and I do not like to water much.

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        • Normally, I only water the garden early in the season to try to get the seed to germinate and/or the plants to get established. The garden is a long way from the hydrant and I have to stretch out 200 feet of hose. If I were set up with a better system using T-tape, I would probably water more often. However, judging by the size of my harvests, I don’t see how supplemental water would improve that much. That is based on my experience here in Missouri. I used soaker hoses in Mississippi and the garden definitely needed supplemental water.

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          • tonytomeo says:

            That would never work here. Part of what makes the summer weather here more comfortable than in other climates is the aridity. Although more comfortable, it desiccates foliage. corn needs some degree of irrigation throughout its season. I really do not know how it grows in the San Joaquin Delta. I know it gets irrigated, but that seems like it would be more effort than it would be worth.

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            • True, sweet corn, does do better with a regular supply of moisture, but so do other vegetables. An effective irrigation system works great and is much less time consuming than watering by hand. There are a few farmers here that have huge irrigation systems that roll across their fields but most have no supplemental water. Once a watering system is put in place, it just requires a little maintenance. Someday I will invest in a T-tape system and bury it below where the soil is tilled. It is supposed to work pretty well. Then all I would have to do is turn the water on or use a timer. Even at that, I would have to move 150′ of hose every time I mow or bury it, too.

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  5. What a time you had! And I am with Judy. Send some of that rain our way.

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  6. Jim R says:

    We got 2.5” of rain in the recent days. Places around us got 6-8”. My tomatoes 🍅 are looking good.

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  7. You and your green thumb! Even with all those problems I bet you will have plenty of vegetables!

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  8. This year, with various troubles, we have confined ourselves to veg in pots. They need regular watering and won’t produce much, but anything is better than nothing. Plus, we still have the plum and apple trees. And rhubarb. Actually, we have more than I thought.

    As for electric windows – they are a matter of great annoyance to me. I had one car where they cost me more than the engine to maintain! In the end I gave up and just kept the driver’s window working.

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    • Hello Simon! There is nothing wrong with growing in pots, and like you said, it is better than nothing. Oh, the rhubarb! I only have a few but I would like more. When I was growing up, my dad had a huge patch but left them behind when they moved to the farm in 1996. He did get a few plants a few years ago, but they aren’t enough. He used rabbit manure as a fertilizer.:)

      The car with the window issues is a 1996 Buick Century that was my parent’s car. I replaced the driver’s window last summer but it stopped working last week. It was under warranty, so the mechanic just put in a new one. I haven’t replaced the passenger side motor because I don’t sit over there. The back windows, where no one ever sits, work just fine. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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