Chickens And Corn In The Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Alta Loma, CA
Question by mikea4
February 6, 2000
I have chickens and I want to plant a garden of popcorn. I live in Southern California.

1. How do I keep the chickens out? My garden size is 100' x 80'.
2. What brand of popcorn do I buy?
3. How close do they plant?
4. How different is it then corn to grow?

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2000


The obvious answer is to fence your corn patch with chicken wire. Or, you can place protective cones over the seeds until the seedlings are 8"-12" high and able to take care of themselves.

Popcorn is a refined type of dry field corn. 'Tom Thumb' or 'M-212' are two varieties carried by Johnny's Selected Seeds, 1 Foss Hill Rd., RR 1 Box 2580, Albion Maine 04910-9731.

The varieties above will grow 4'-6' tall. They need full sunshine, adequate water, and plants should be spaced 8"-10" apart.

Make sure the kernels are fully mature - hard and glossy - or they wnt' pop. After picking and husking, spread out the ears in a dry, airy place and allow to cure for several weeks. When kernels are completely dry, store in plastic bags.

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