I'm off corn

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  1. Tony Baker

    Tony Baker Active Member Premium Member

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    Got some open pollinated seed and planted them out. Pumping the water into them but just can't keep up. Cobs are looking pretty ordinary. Being on tank water I just can't justify the water I use for them. I may try again in a wicking bed but won't be doing them in a raised bed again.
     
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    It is tough trying to grow anything in drought conditions. When is you rainy season, winter or summer?

    In the past I haven't had much luck with corn that I grew in containers on my patio, with dismal yields.

    This time round I planted them in the soil in my alleyway instead. The seeds I planted in Sept at first grew nicely, but eventually most of the plants got strangled and toppled over by the pumpkin vines. I then planted another batch of a seed (different variety) during Oct/Nov in another bed in the alleyway and they are growing tall and strong, no ears on it yet though, so will have to wait an see if I will get any decent sized corn, this time around. I only planted a few seeds though, as an experiment and if it does well, then next spring I will plant on a bigger scale.
     
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  3. Tony Baker

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    Its supposed to be our rain season now but its been very poor. We just bought a load of water today and I'll be carting water in my ICB all next week.
     
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    Ah ok so you also in Summer Rainfall area. It sucks that you have to buy water though. I know drilling boreholes is expensive, but isn't that perhaps an option to look at in the future?
     
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    The bore water in my area is slightly salty. OK for stock to drink but not good for the garden.
     
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    I grew corn this year in an old bathtub.
    It is very thirsty, so you are right that it would be hard to keep up. But in saying that, I overcrowded it and I would have had the best corn I ever did.... Except we had to go away for a couple of days and as I didn't have automatic watering it struggled as we had 3 days over 40c.
    In saying that, I managed to save a lot and still managed a good harvest.
    I did read recently that saving corn seed is not worth it unless you grow hundreds of plants as there is a problem with pollination. you can end up with inbreed depression or some such thing and also you don't want cross pollination with different varieties.
     
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