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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Feb 4, 2016 2:31 PM CST

I am currently planning on paper my garden for May, and I remembered something that was a problem with my garden two years ago, (I remember it well, I grew a 30lbs Zucchini that year!) The corn I grew, when It turned ripe and it was harvest time, we unwrapped the leaves around it and to me and my moms surprise about 1/7 of the kernels, mostly on the top, did not form at all! I want to try corn again this year, but I don't want it to end up like last time. What caused this? Can anyone help with this? Pictures are not available, I never took pictures of the problem.

Also, I need an opinion, does Pumpkin, Corn, Green Beans, Tomato, Bell Peppers, and Zucchini make up a good garden?


Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Feb 4, 2016 3:11 PM CST
Jerod, I don't have an answer to your corn question, but likely fellow vegetable farmers will chime in.

Your proposed garden sounds like fun with a high success rate - all are summer crops so wait until your soil and temps are warm enough. Maybe toss in some sunflowers for a bit of pop. Pumpkin, corn, and green beans are often grown together - pumpkins at the foot of corn, beans using the corn to climb.
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Feb 4, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Plant your corn in a block vs one or two long rows. Corn is wind pollinated and works better inna block.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Feb 4, 2016 7:27 PM CST

Thanks for all the info! I found out what happened with the corn. Lack of nutrition and water. Thanks!

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 4, 2016 10:25 PM CST
In my opinion, any garden that includes tomatoes and peppers is a good garden. If you plant more than one pepper, tomato, zucchini... plant different types. Than if you have an odd growing year, hopefully one of the types you planted does well. Figure out how long a growing season you have and choose your vegetables accordingly. Cherokee Purple Tomatoes are my favorite but they take 80 or 90 days to maturity (that's after you put the plant out). I would get one tomato and then they would freeze to death.

Corn: plant it in a block, the bigger the better. Plan to water and feed copiously. Those little threads at the top are each connected to a kernal on the inside of the ear. When the wind blows, the pollen will fall and the little silk thing it hits runs down and turns into a kernal on the other end. The ear is done when the "silks" start to wilt and dry. Popcorn is done when the stalk dries. You can feel the ear and tell is its full without peeling. You won't waste as much if you figure that out. Go practice at the grocery store - the produce guys love it when you peel all their corn. Smiling

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