il Thu, 01 Apr 2004 20:48:12 GMT, "Joseph A. Zupko" ha scritto:
They are heavy feeders, so need space for feeding, and if you want to
weed you need space for the hoe without fear of slicing them off at
the ankles, and if you want to pick them, as I found out, too close
and your'e trying not to break the ones you brush past. Since corn
can pollinate half a kilometer away I don't think you need to worry
about spacing. Just have them in rows along the prevailing wind. :-)
Too close and they will be smaller. Oh and they also like water so
too close and they'll be competing for the water.
Loki [ Brevity is the soul of wit. W.Shakespeare ]
FWIW - I read Bob Bartholemuew's (sp?) square foot garden book. He/I
planted a hill of three plants. This helps them during the T-storms
and hail of June. I have had too much knocked down corn in the past.
As far as pollination, when the silks form I go out early in the
morning with a brown paper bag. I collect the pollen from all the
tasles, mix and then go back and hand pollinate the silks. I don't
touch the polline and here in NC ants are my worst enimy.
BTW- Bob Bartholemuew can be found through older PBS shows.
You'll do better if you search for 'Mel Bartholomew'
however. His own website is at
If you read his book 'Square Foot Gardening' be sure to
check the website for some updated, changed advice - one
item of which makes a substantial difference and makes
initial preparation of growing beds very much easier than
his earlier recommendations.
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