lurked a bit here, since we did our first garden this year. (Dallas, TX),
and i saw some small ants on the ground near one of the stalks of corn, lil
tiny ones.. will they eat the corn? I hope that isn't a stupid question..
We only have five stalks of corn, three tomato plants, and some cantaloupe
that is looking good so far, and watermelon that isn't doing so great..
right after we planted that, it rained hard a couple days and I suspect the
seeds got water logged. It's just the two of us, and we decided to do a
small one the first time, and see how things go.. we planted more than 5
tho, we planted two rows, of corn, 10x10 bed
Appreciate any help on the corn question.. love the group
Watermelon likes water. It also likes sunlight. Give it plenty of water
and plenty of sunlight, and you'll have plenty of watermelon. I need to
clear out the weeds around mine (vacation let them grow up, and it rained
pretty good the last few days) so they'll be happy.
When that watermelon starts to branch out, good luck finding room for it.
It's been known to have vines as long as 20 feet, and they extend from
several directions from the seed.
Um, yeah, corn. Never grown it. Wonder if a local farmer would want to
trade sweet corn for a few of my melons?
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Not to worry about the ants, although you might want to check your plants
for aphids. Ants **loves** that aphid honeydew.
Five stalks t'ain't many, so you might could tap the stalks lightly when the
green silk is a few inches long. Best done first thing in the monring
before the slightest wind comes up. Tapping the stalks causes pollen from
the tassles to fall on the silk and the pollenate the ears. Each pollenated
strand of silk will turn into a kernel of corn.
Once the silk appears, the corn will be ready to pick in ~21 days. At this
point, make sure the plants get 1-2" water / wk to ensure plump ears. When
the silk is mostly brown, it/s time to pick.
A couple of years ago I lost an entire corn crop to ants. I had no
idea how to get rid of them. They just swarmed all over the ears. It
was gross. I've not grown any corn since. Now, my gentleman friend
grows wonderful corn in his backyard.
I'm 70 miles south of you and did my first garden this year also.
I put out several varieties of tomato. The "Celebrity" bought from
Depot as plants did VERY well. I am awash in tomatoes. The other types
grew bushy but didn't give many tomatoes.
Cantalope are prolific. I am tired of eating cantalop, tho I love the
I will eat the last dozen or so, and swear off till next spring. My
are tired of me handing them out.. :>)))))
The only "greens" that did well were turnips. I tried spinach,
Cucumbers were prolific also. They have stopped now, and I will miss
Perhaps I'll go out this morning, clear off some vines, and stick in
seeds to try for a second crop. It might work... ?? Quien sabe??
Carrots are about two inches long and stopped. The are pretty to look
on top, but didn't do well below.....
I realize that the soil, minerals, etc could all be modified, but I
find that my
favorite things grow in the stuff I already have. I tried lots and
lots of things
to see what would do well..
This group has given me a lot of help. In the final analysis, tho,
there is a
fair amount of trial and error.... Maybe next year I'll try corn, too.
occur to me this year... Good luck on you harvest.
Andy in Eureka, Texas
( If your neighbors resemble the cast on "My Name is Earl", you
might live in Eureka, Texas )
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