Recycled sweetcorn windbreak

Flaming June is here! And as seems to be typical of recent British summers, it’s arrived as a deluge.

I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong – I’m sick of watering my plot. I spent most of the Bank Holiday weekend trudging up and down with watering cans and muttering curses under my breath against those allotment holders who were hogging the standpipe with their hose (five hours. Five hours! I ask you, what were they watering? Rice?) whilst watching me walking to and fro like a watery beast of burden. Our borlotti beans had to be planted out, because they were getting yellow through having exhausted their potting compost, but once planted they needed a lot of water.

The sweetcorn didn’t need water so much as shelter. The vicious winds that rip along the Sussex coast have usually abated by mid May, but this year they have extended their grip right up to the end of May, and sweetcorn doesn’t appreciate chill breezes. So we re-purposed some hinged garden trellis that a neighbour was throwing away. A couple of splashes (and they were splashes) of leftover paint, and our trellis arches were ready to become a ‘Moorish Palace’ for sweetcorn!

Corn has to be planted in blocks for pollination, so screening it is actually quite easy – we have one lot of corn in a raised bed, surrounded by horticultural fleece on canes, and the second lot has gone into a block with the trellis supporting some fleece, along with canes. We still have a couple of rows to plant out, because I’m not convinced the seedlings are sturdy enough yet, but we’ll just unwire the fleece, pop the new corn in, and then rewire it.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Anonymous said...

I have put my corn it but haven't sheltered it...our winds haven't been so bad this year so I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stay this way...hope the winds die down for you soon.

June 1, 2010 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

They never die down! We live in windy Sussex and the only change is wet Westerlies or cold Easterlies!

June 5, 2010 at 4:26 AM  

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