We didn’t plant any corn this year, and I’ve got to be honest, I have a real sense that this is some kind of grown-up specialist crop that relative allotment novices like us shouldn’t be growing – does that make any sense?

Anyway, I’ve been peering and peeking around the site, to see how other people are growing sweetcorn and it’s obvious that it’s not a crop that really loves the strong Sussex winds (locals call them breezes, I call them gales, but we can compromise on winds) that buffet the allotment site. But it’s also obvious that some people have got the sweetcorn growing gene, and produce oodles of the stuff, even using sucessional sowing to get early and late crops. I love sweetcorn and think the supermarket prices are just daft, I’m definitely going to have to give it a go next year. But that means we really, really, really have to get some fences up so that we can shelter this tall crop.

The couple of allotmenteers that were using the Three Sisters method don’t seem to have had much success, but I can’t work out why – it seems that their squashes probably got away faster than their corn and smothered the growth: that’s how it looks, anyway. I shall have to think long and hard about this … anybody care to share sweetcorn raising tips?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

Sweetcorn was my biggest failure last year. Trouble is I don't know if it was the variety (I purchased heritage seeds, that is, it was a variety grown by the early New Zealand European settlers), or how I grew them. But the cobs were tasteless, certainly not sweet; actually a bit like eating polystyrene. It's one of my favourite vegetables (after those broad beans), so I'm not too sure what to do this year.

Given the big wet Down Under I'm off to an awful start this year. I only got half the garlic and broad beans I want in before it became impossible to get to my garden (sunny today, so if the weather holds I'll probably get down there by end of the week). I suspect it's too late to plant a second crop of broad beans now. The second crop I planted last year mid July was nowhere near as good as the first planted on shortest day (June), and it's now mid August.

August 9, 2008 at 4:42 PM  

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