allotment haul this week

Not that I'm boasting or anything ...

We've got:

- sweetcorn - Lark F1 or Supersweet or both, no idea which as OH planted them out without labels. These are the F1 hybrids I would not like to be without, as they are gloriously sweet and quite reliable given the general difficulty of getting sweetcorn to germinate in the UK.
- beetroot: cylindrical
- winter radish
- carrots
- courgettes, both yellow and green
- potatoes

Not bad eh?


Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Anonymous said...

it's all looking very productive....My sweetcorn has grown well this year but still isn't ready to be picked :-(

August 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I have grown sweetcorn successfully in Derbyshire, Denmark and Latvia and the trick we have found is to sow them under plastic but first warm the soil through first by putting the plastic in place before germination. We used to use an old clothes airer as a cloche. We did find one site here in Latvia suffered from the wind but the other sweetcorn in our large polytunnel and outside were very successful - only I went and tried planting beans with them which are supposed to climb up the sweetcorn and give them extra nitrogen not pull them over. Won't be trying that trick again!

August 24, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Well the update on the corn shows that we're not perfect, not that anybody thought we were.

Joanna - I've never had any luck with that Three Sisters planting method - it does work in the West of the USA but I think the daylight hours there are so much longer that the corn grows fast enough to be established before you put the beans in.

August 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

We have very long daylight hours in Latvia but the sweetcorn was overwhelmed despite some of it being around 2.5m high.

As far as pollination is concerned we always grow ours in a block and shake the heads as the pollen starts to form but if it rained a lot that might not have helped.

August 26, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

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