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Mojojo
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Sweet corn

Postby Mojojo » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:29 pm

Planted my sweet corn about a month back. I'd read somewhere once that a piece of charcoal from the fireplace under each seed makes for multiple heads of corn without fail. Thought I'd try it this year. Except I took the charcoal with me, and planted all the seeds, forgetting it, so I just pushed some into the ground next to where I'd planted the seeds and scattered some over the top.

Well, the corn has come up... except there are multiple PLANTS off each seed and I definitely only planted one in each spot. Mostly there are four for each seed! how odd.
~ Jo
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Re: Sweet corn

Postby minnie » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:21 am

How bizarrre Jo,

Seems the charcoal and corn have a connection. :lol:
Vicki

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Re: Sweet corn

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:19 am

Very interesting, I shall have to try this myself next year. This year I am only planting what I actually need and as I have enough zuchinni and squash relish to last us through this season as well from last years lot, I am going to be tending a much smaller garden.

Dh keeps asking me if I am going to plant xxx and can't seem to grasp the fact that i don't see the point in growing something that I will have to use when I already have plenty of it?

We had a hail storm yesterday which will upset the farmers no end as they haven't harvested yet, our place as a result looks such a mess and I noticed this morning that I have a lot of fruit to collect. May not have as good a fruit harvest as I initially thought I would.

Kathleen
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Mojojo
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Re: Sweet corn

Postby Mojojo » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:03 pm

YEah, it has to be the charcoal! Will try it again next year as well. I'll have to keep the fertiliser/teas up to the corn patch now I think, with four plants in the space for one! Planted 32 seeds have at least double that in plants, probably more.

Funny weather at the moment, we're forecast for hail as well, fortunately nothing yet. The cherry farmers are not too pleased with the rain, and hail now will be the end of them.
~ Jo
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Re: Sweet corn

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:08 am

Collected a couple of kilos of fruit off the ground yesterday (enough to fill a large bucket) and DH has to fix up a couple of the trees which are now leaning over quite a lot.

We had no rain yesterday during the day however very windy last night and some more heavy rain over night as well. Our solar box got wet and is full of water so the solar has been off since Monday. I noticed that we had rain come in under the patio a couple of times during winter and now it has done so twice more. Think I will have a look for a couple of those clear weather blinds/shields today and bring them home so we can put them up for more protection in winter (yes I know it is summer now but it is raining) :lol: Have to do something as we were told by the solar people that the box needed to be under cover.

I lost the cherries from one of my cherry trees in the hail on Monday and the other tree had some damage done to the fruit that was still on that yesterday. Although the fruit wasn't quite ripe I took the half a dozen cherries off it anyway.

The farmers around here have had mixed experiences with the hail storm that went through Monday. Seems it depended on what side of town you lived in with some farmers losing their crops while others either had no hail (and said your joking when they were asked about their hail damage cause they didn't know it had hailed) and a few others are waiting for inspectors to tell them what their down grade is or how much is lost etc. So some unhappy chappies around this side of the country.

Kathleen
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Re: Sweet corn

Postby minnie » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:38 am

Hi Kathleen,

Sounds like you've got our summer over there... ;)

We've had rain the last couple of days and we've had the fire on of a night! Realising early in the week we were eating outside at night and swimming it's a difference. The rain was good though for us, no hail... thank goodness the panels are covered by insurance!

Rain and hail can be so interesting how it can fall one side of a road and not the other. :lol:

Not good about your solar box, hope it gets sorted quickly. :(

Vicki


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