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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 8:07 am    Post subject: Sweet corn are in  Reply with quote    

302 plants by my calcs. Earlibird, Earligold, Seville and a few popcorn (blue, white and yellow) and Bloody Butcher (for flour)

I didn't protect them against rabbits, looked like they were all still there this morning.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

302!

I've put 40 in, all the same variety

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44283
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm just waiting for my soil to improve, like blinking rock it was, took all flipping day.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think waiting improves soil. I'm fairly sure you have to do stuff to it.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugger, the books just say wait.....

Blacksmith



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Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Going to put mine in today as well, if the rain stops.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think mine are Swift. Stuffed a few in the propagator last week, but not as early as I ought to have!

If I cover some with fleece, will they be eariler. I reckon it's still windy here enough to get pollinated.

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 7654
Location: France
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wish mine were

Still waiting for our turn to come around with the 'communal' rotavator ...

Only kidding. A very good friend of ours has kindly offered the use of his rotavator but it is a biggie and I need to collect it with the trailer. Trouble is the brakes are shot on our van so I gotta find Japanese brake pads in France. The veggies are queuing up to go in the ground (including the 200 different varieties of sweetcorn you sent me mate)

On that note I am gonna go and have a try with my trusty fork and spade.

selfsufficientish



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 364
Location: Bristol
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours went in last week, two varieties about 100 seeds.

Last year my brother had some success with his corn, bean, squash matrix. This year I am trying the same. I have planted some runner beans with every corn and instead of a squash a pumpkin.

I am hoping that the beans will row up the corn, although I imagine I will have to steak them out a bit at first as they grow at differing rates and the pumping should offer some ground cover to keep the weeds at bay.

Mr O



Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Posts: 5512
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have some coming up in the cold frame ( an old display chiller cabinet ) and planted 80 seeds out this morning just before the rain started again.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Sweet corn are in Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I didn't protect them against rabbits, looked like they were all still there this morning.


They are either waiting for them to get a bit bigger or too scared of the badgers...

frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 07 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours have been in for 2 weeks (but only about 25 plants ). Undersown with some pumpkins (hooligan's). First time growing both

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 07 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Snails enjoyed my early sowings. Started again last week.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 07 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frewen wrote:
Ours have been in for 2 weeks (but only about 25 plants ). Undersown with some pumpkins (hooligan's). First time growing both


Damn pumpkins are like trifids aren't they, nothing, nothing, nothing - Bang, two enormous leaves appear.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 07 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wind chill factor of about -40 today. No way my sweetcorn is leaving my nice warm windowsill!

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