What Did You Do In The Garden?

TwinCitiesPanda

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How do you figure that? I really want to learn and I am encouraged with my 2019 sweet corn crop.
I am experimenting with some tight "biointensive" spacing this year. I have dwarf sweet corn that only grows ~ 3-4' tall. I planted in 6" grid spacing (6" in row, 6" between rows). 😬 I'll be sure to report back somewhere in here how it went. I assume water will be the most important factor I can control.
 

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I am experimenting with some tight "biointensive" spacing this year. I have dwarf sweet corn that only grows ~ 3-4' tall. I planted in 6" grid spacing (6" in row, 6" between rows). 😬 I'll be sure to report back somewhere in here how it went. I assume water will be the most important factor I can control.
Corn is a heavy feeder so supplementing with nitrogen might be a good idea.

You'd think with that tight spacing pollination would take care of itself. I've had leaves grow right over where an ear is trying to silk out, probably blocking it from getting pollen. I try to hand pollinate when it's tight just to make sure.
 

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I hear you. I put up a bean trellis months ago before beans could go in. What do you know, that whole bed was a huge patch of Snow on the Mountain that came up about a month later. Since the weather got nice I've been avoiding addressing it because it's such a pain. I finally ripped it out yesterday, removed as much root as I could, and got the beans in.

I am glad you are feeling more yourself. I have always found gardening to be a great mental health booster. Putting my hands in some dirt and watching birds and butterflies flit by helps me see a bigger picture that centers me. I hope it helps you too.
Thank you Twin Cities Panda. I love being outside in the garden and I really like turning dirt over and seeing all the worms. I think the birds singing and hoping around is the best. I read stories of people around the world who live to be 100 and one of the common things they have is gardening. So, it seems we both had a big job yesterday with beans. It is my favorite thing to go pick.
 

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How do you figure that? I really want to learn and I am encouraged with my 2019 sweet corn crop.
In your area, farmers plant 34-40,000 per acre on 30” rows. That is roughly 2/foot. IF you water and feed it (agree with @Ridgerunner), it will be fine. At lower pops, the ear might be slightly larger but not enough to make up for the extra production that more ears will give you. I plant 6” apart on rows that vary (I have a hard time making straight rows) from 20-30” and get normal ears on sand. FYI, corn uses 90% of its water through pollination.
 

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we (Mom helped :) ) got the garden sort of leveled this morning, i came in for a break and had some lunch and have not been able to get much gumption to get back out there. it is a nice day and there is a breeze i'm just whupped (yesterday was a long day)...

tomorrow will be the start of the annual running of the worms. it is a lot of work, but well worth it. i'm thinking that eight or nine buckets of the thirteen will get taken out and put in this one garden and i will probably get it planted Monday. that's between 120-180 lbs of fertilzer from food and paper scraps and also humus from decayed wood chips and some garden soil which gets recharged with all the worms living in there for a year. it is my only source of fertilizer other than green manure (which i haven't needed to harvest for a few years now).

Mom planted a small bean garden outside the fence for me. i mixed several of my favorite bulk beans by alternate planting them with Purple Dove beans (intercropping to encourage them to cross). so far i've planted a lot of Purple Dove beans. this is the first garden outside the fence with PD and so we'll see if the deer, etc. find them tasty or not. i've grown most of the other beans outside the fence so they usually might get some tops nipped off by deer or groundhogs i can usually get some harvest of beans from them. we'll see how that goes.
 
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I have a really hard time relaxing. I feel like I'm just wasting good time that I could be doing something else. However, I've been doing **** outside for the past 9.5 hours and a little hammock time is probably good.

Listening to the thunder above.

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I'll probably get up in 5 min because I have a hard time relaxing :(
 

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Picked more green beans this morning. Probably not enough to run a full canner, so I put them in zip bags and stuck in the fridge. Also picked a few squash and cucumbers. Turned on the soaker hose to water the garden.

We also worked on the chicken coop as long as I could stand it (I have to be careful out in the hot sun due to a sunstroke I had several years ago). Came in and made a trip to town to pick up a few things for the coop.
 

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I have a really hard time relaxing. I feel like I'm just wasting good time that I could be doing something else. However, I've been doing **** outside for the past 9.5 hours and a little hammock time is probably good.

Listening to the thunder above.

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I'll probably get up in 5 min because I have a hard time relaxing :(
we have all sorts of benches and a nice garden swing that we hardly ever use other than to set stuff on or to lean things against as we're doing things. :) a hammock being a little bit more of a challenge to get in and out of may be one of those things that would sort of self-reinforce staying relaxed for a few more moments, perhaps even long enough to catch a few winks. :) *dot dot dot*
 
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