Yesterday it was time to plant my third succession crop of sweet corn. The first planting took a hit when I rolled the dice early and the weather turned cold. I lost a few plants, but enough made it to have a decent stand. The second batch was planted two weeks ago and is doing fine.
So far the protective netting gizmo I made from PVC and bird netting has kept the young plants safe from freeloading varmints. Once the corn reaches 5 or 6″ I can move the contraption to the next new planting for a few weeks.
A couple of years back I made myself another gizmo, this one from boards and a dowel cut into short lengths. The dowels are spaced every 6″ along a section of 1″x4″. I use it to help in spacing and planting larger seeds like corn and beans. And I’ve been pre-sprouting all of these larger seeds, which greatly improves the germination rate.
I till and rake the area smooth, mark a straight line with a string, and then stick the dowel board on the soil. The dowels make 2″ deep indents for the seeds. In the case of corn, I plant in every third hole leaving an 18″ spacing. In the case of beans, I go along the string twice, filling in the empty spaces and ending up with holes every three inches.
Pretty nifty, I think.