Has anyone in New England gotten a decent corn crop this year? My ears
are all stunted, no more than two inches long. It seems that this has
been a great year for fruit and a terrible year for vegetables. I've had
a huge number of blueberries and a fair number of strawberries, in fact
my blueberry buses and strawberry plants are still bearing. In past years
I've only had blueberries for a couple of weeks and I've never gotten a
strawberry, this year I've had berries since June and I still have them
at the end of August. My corn crop is a pathetic. I only had a handful of
peas, all of the beans died as did all of my cucumber plants. My tomatoes
were all dying from the tomato plague, however I've managed to save them
by spraying with Agway's fruit tree spray which has a broad spectrum
My earliest two corn plantings were kind of stunted, third mostly OK,
fourth, many of the ears poorly pollinated, and the last two plantings
are very late and maybe poorly pollinated.
The weather here was wet and unusually cool (though not as wel
as New England), followed by near normal temperatures but a
distinct lack of *significant* rain (plenty of cloudy days, though).
The temperatures have really see-sawed the past two weeks.
Tuesday's high temperature was in the 80's, Wednesday's high only
barely kissed 65 a couple of times when the clouds thinned out.
All in all, not a good year for corn.
Hard on the tomatoes, too. No significant disease for me, but some
varieties suffered majorly from blossom end rot.
Winter squashes suffered from a lack of blossoms early on, now
a disproportionate number of female blossoms with a lack of males.
(It's not just me noticing that; it was mention in the extension services
CAT newsletter for vegetables.)
Pole beans were doing well and have come to a screaching halt.
Very oddly, cabbage was growing taller and taller and seemingly
not planning to form heads, but finally are starting to look like
cabbages. On stilts.
My raspberries were 'meh' this spring, but the fall crop seems to be
doing really well -- peaking right now on the 'Polana,' and just starting
on the 'Heritage.'
My snow peas did really well and lasted into July, about a month
longer than usual.
I tried growing horned melons this year (started indoors to transplant
out). No fruit set. Absolutely the wrong year for trying to grow them!
Might try them again, though, as they don't seem to be attractive to
cucumber beetles and have otherwise been pretty healthy.
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