Sweet corn on the Fourth of July

A friend of mine owns a farm in Kansas, where he grows corn. He told me that the corn is supposed to be knee-high by the Fourth of July.

Mirai Sweet Corn, July 4, 2012

My corn didn’t get the memo, because they’re about seven feet tall. Most stalks carry two ears, and a few carry just one. I planted two GrowBoxes with 10 plants each, for a total of 20 Mirai sweet corn plants. So far, I have around 16 ears going. Here’s a portrait of those plants:

June 3 garden update

It’s been over six weeks since I updated the blog.  It’s not that nothing has been happening — quite the opposite!  I’ve simply neglected to blog about it.

Many lessons learned.  Most notably…

Sugar snap peas, dying early and small

It’s not easy to get sugar snap peas to germinate, and even if they do, they can start dying off before they’re 10″ tall.  I direct-sowed about sixteen positions in a GrowBox, with several peas per position.  After 2 weeks, only 3 positions had emerged.  I grew a number of seedlings in the garage and then transferred them to that same box, plus populated another entire box of them.  The first box is stunted, with plants dying off already, rushing to set fruit when they’re hardly a foot tall.

Healthy snap peas

The second box grew prolifically, as you can see above. Maybe there’s something in the potting soil of the first box.  I’ll scrap that box, and throw the mix into the compost heap and start over.  I need more room for tomatoes anyway.

Meager leeks

Leeks don’t take kindly to transplanting, at least, they don’t take kindly to having their roots disentangled from nearby leek seedlings.  These should probably be direct sown, or sown in soil cells or little peat pots that can move to the final growing location without touching roots.  My leeks have been growing for 120 days and most aren’t as big around as a dime.  This variety is 2-3 inches in diameter at maturity.  I’ll give them another month, and then we’ll see.

Potatoes, in grow bag.

Growing potatoes is easy.  Getting a good harvest — well, time will tell.  They’re in process now.

Baby carrots, in window box


Baby carrots are pretty good germinators.  We’ll see how they do in 4 inches of growing space.  (They’re in a little window box on my anti-rabbit tables.)

I thinned out the shallots today, and the thinning are excellent to eat like chives.  More mild.

Mirai sweet corn


When it’s happy, corn grows really fast, as in, inches per day!