What Did You Do In The Garden?

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I mowed the gardens. Yesterday I collected the leaves from 3 of my neighbors & dumped them into the gardens, to be turned under.
I've done that mowing, then tilling. A "corn knife" was used again this year but corn stalks etc. will have to be dealt with other than by tilling, unless the tractor guy does it.

There's a definite advantage amongst the deficits for a tuff little tractor showing up. Not everything will be below the soil surface but whatever is, will give me no real trouble the following year.

Umm, let's see ... i managed to pull out 2 buckets of "finished" compost and buried 3, 5-gallon buckets of compostables in the stealth compost pits.

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uhh, it's always romantic when you don't have to clean those leaves.
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A 70 F. degree day in November? I'll take it. 😁 A great day to clean & winnow this year's "Painted Mountain" corn. 11 1/2 pounds total - less than I'd hoped for (had 14 pounds last year) but given the late planting, better than I expected. Had more spoiled ears than last year, and some stunted or deformed ears with genetics that I don't wish to pass on.

Edit: Checked my records, last year was 17 pounds, in almost the same space... so the late planting took its toll.

This was grow out 2/2 of the seed stock sent to me by @baymule . When fully dry, one pint of 2022 seed will be frozen, to eventually mix with the frozen pint from 2021 (I'll use a below-zero day to do this). All the remaining corn from both years is pantry stock, to be ground for fresh corn meal as needed. At my current rate of usage, I probably will only need to re-grow this for food every 5-6 years or so. The saved seed, being frozen, should easily last 10-15 years or more. I really love this corn. 😍
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A 70 F. degree day in November? I'll take it. 😁 A great day to clean & winnow this year's "Painted Mountain" corn. 11 1/2 pounds total - less than I'd hoped for (had 14 pounds last year) but given the late planting, better than I expected. Had more spoiled ears than last year, and some stunted or deformed ears with genetics that I don't wish to pass on.

This was grow out 2/2 of the seed stock sent to me by @baymule . When fully dry, one pint of 2022 seed will be frozen, to eventually mix with the frozen pint from 2021 (I'll use a below-zero day to do this). All the remaining corn from both years is pantry stock, to be ground for fresh corn meal as needed. At my current rate of usage, I probably will only need to re-grow this for food every 5-6 years or so. The saved seed, being frozen, should easily last 10-15 years or more. I really love this corn. 😍
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That is a beautiful sight! I didn't get any painted mountain corn harvest this year. We made the garden way too big and I couldn't keep up with the work. May I ask how big was your plot where you grew this that gave you 11.5lbs?
I have plenty of seed left to try next year!
 

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That’s a beautiful harvest! I do love this corn. It is beautiful and fun to grow. I need to get to milling some corn! I got to make cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving. I’m hosting Thanksgiving in my new to me, still a mess, Doublewide.

11 1/2 pounds is a darn good harvest, be proud of yourself for that!
 

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That is a beautiful sight! I didn't get any painted mountain corn harvest this year. We made the garden way too big and I couldn't keep up with the work. May I ask how big was your plot where you grew this that gave you 11.5lbs?
I have plenty of seed left to try next year!
136 square feet. That was 34 hills, thinned to 4 plants each, 2' apart each way. Had I planted on time, and not discarded about 15 ears for spoilage or late DTM, that might have added another pound or two. Last year, with 32 hills of 3 plants & slightly wider spacing, the total was 17 pounds - or about 2.8 ounces per plant. The ears last year were noticeably longer & better filled. Not sure how much of that difference was due to the late planting, or the closer spacing (3/hill in 2021, vs. 4/hill in 2022).
 
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136 square feet. That was 34 hills, thinned to 4 plants each, 2' apart each way. Had I planted on time, and not discarded about 15 ears for spoilage or late DTM, that might have added another pound or two. Last year, with 32 hills of 3 plants & slightly wider spacing, the total was 17 pounds - or about 2.8 ounces per plant. The ears last year were noticeably longer & better filled. Not sure how much of that difference was due to the late planting, or the closer spacing (3/hill in 2021, vs. 4/hill in 2022).
That is a great harvest for that much space!
 

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