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Waxahachie, TX (South of Dalla
LadyLarseny
May 6, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Hi everyone; I'm new to the forum and fairly new to gardening in general. I started a raised garden bed about 3 years ago but last year I wasn't able to garden due to being pregnant over the season. This is my first year back at it and I am looking for some guidance. I've started several types of seedlings indoors so they are ready to transplant soon but for the seeds that I will be planting directly in my raised bed garden I am looking for advice on when to plant those seeds. I've been waiting for consistently warmer weather, but this week has been a little cooler (70's-80 high) and overnight high 40's- 50's. Is it still too cool in the evenings to plant my corn and green bean seeds directly in the beds? Will they not germinate at such cool temps overnight?

I am in North Texas, just south of Dallas. My beds are almost 100% full sun.

Additional question about growing corn - a few years ago corn was the first thing I planted in one bed and it was growing so nicely for awhile but then I lost everything to corn smut (at least that's what I think it was - looked almost like a mold that overwhelmed the corn stalks and killed everything.) Any tips on preventing this?

Thanks in advance for any guidance on this!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2020 9:34 AM CST
Sounds good to plant.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 6, 2020 9:59 AM CST
When the soil temperature reaches 50 degrees, you can plant corn. When the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees, you can plant beans.

The best way to avoid corn smut is to plant resistant varieties of corn. If you see it developing, pull the plant and put it in your trash. If you compost corn smut and use it in your garden, you have already introduced it back into your corn patch.
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