2011 – Onions Planted

I planted about 40 yellow onions in between the rains.
I had a few no-shows in the greenhouse so I replaced them with basil and oregano seeds. Since they take 80 to 90 days to fully grow, I may buy a couple of plants for theĀ interim.
Most of the seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall.
There was frost last night as the low was 34 degrees; almost a record. Dad always told me to plant tomatoes the 15th of May; I’d cheat and plant May 1st…until a few years ago temperatures were well below 32 on May 3rd and 4th. Lesson learned.

Planting – May 1

Today I planted 3 half rows of yellow kandy corn: 1 inch deep, 9 inches apart and each row 3 feet apart. It is necessary to plant at least 3 rows (some sources say 4) so the corn pollinates correctly. The soil temperature should be at least 60 degrees (I did not measure it). Since there is field corn nearby (about 100 yards) (not this year – it is soybeans), the field corn is downwind from the sweet corn and will not interfere with pollinization.
The corn germinates in 9 days and is ready to eat in about 90 days. When the stalks are a foot high, I will side dress (dig a slight trench 8 inches away from the stalks and sprinkle) with 10-10-10 fertilizer. Same goes when the corn starts to tassle. Kandy corn is an sh2 hybrid and like most corn, stored in a refrigerator.
There are four types of corn available: standard (su), sugary-enhanced (se), and supersweet (sh2), and synergistic or triplesweet (sy).
* su is standard corn which deteriorates rapidly (i.e. the sugars in the corn convert to starch).
* se has more sugar in it and will keep longer than su.
* sh2 has more sugar than se and converts far less sugar to starches which means it will keep longer (7-10 days) after harvest.
* sy is a hybrid of 75% se and 25% sh2.

Harvesting occurs when the kernels give off a milky substance when punctured. This only occurs in a 4 to 5 day window; after that the sugars are converted to starches. After harvesting, the corn should immediately be eaten or put in the refrigerator (40 degrees).


Planting – Apr 17

Went wild today. Planted 4 rows of onions (yellow and red), a quarter row of radishes, and half row of garden lettuce. Had to make sure to plant the onions with the roots (the part of the bulb that has little stragglers on it) facing down. The radishes and lettuce were planted from seed. In the past, the radishes have done well.

Planting – Apr 12

The garden, this year, will have rows going North-South and are about 40 feet long. The width of the garden is about 60 feet. It was lengthened last fall to introduce untouched soil which will be used for tomatoes.
Planted 2 rows of Kennebec and Red Pontiac potatoes. Potatoes are planted using seed potatoes cut in half (unless they are large then they are quartered). The cut side is planted down. I plowed a trench about 6 inches deep, planted the potatoes, then covered with 4 inches of soil. As they grow, I will mound dirt around each plant so the potatoes are not exposed to the sun (and turn green).

Doug the Gardener (DtG)