Saturday, April 26, 2008

Corn Aftermath - any advice?

After 9 weeks we were able to harvest our corn from circle #1 - No Good!

They were small, many half formed and tasted bland and powdery ---> chicken food!

Garden after corn (we still have some beans and marigolds left) You can see the next crop in the circle behind.

You know the corn is ready when the 'fluffy bits' on top turn brown. (written for the layman by the layman)

I still don't know why this crop was so average. Our first crop in this circle (pre-blog) was perfect - the sweetest corn we've tasted.

The Theories:

1) Soil quality was lowered from the first crop. Although we did co-plant with beans for nitrogen and had had chickens on to fertilize before hand

2) Dodgy seeds. Unfortunately I didn't write down what we used the first time, so we can't be sure. This time we used 'Golden Bantem' from Organic Green Patch.

Most other veggies seem to be coming along nicely...



Cherry Tomatoes


Roma Tomatoes


We have had some concerns though...
Our long beans - very tasty, unfortunately the leaves have started looking 'rusty' and the vine dying. I'm not sure if this is just them dying normally or from some deficiency or disease....

Our tomatoes are yellowing.... Some are looking worse than others. They are all bearing green tomatoes, but the yellowing is worrying me. The soil is moist... is this normal?

These little critters smothered one of our bean vines!

As you can see they weren't letting any beans grow and the ones that had already grown were swamped.

There were lots of little bugs hanging around these 'mites', flies, lady beetles, ants....

I pulled the vines out of the ground and fed them to the chooks.

If anyone has any advice......

I said I was going to talk about the pond and watering system next time....

But I think watching chooks and a puppy sort out their pecking order is much more pressing....


Anonymous said...

G'day mate, well i am not 100% sure but i'll take a stab at your problems.

Not sure what is happening to the corn, but if you cut the stalk and examine the xylem tissue you might be able to see if you have a fungus affecting nutrient flow to the cobs.

The beans look stressed although it could be abiotic, check this site out

Your Aphids should be kept under control by your lady bugs now (lady bugs are carnivourous your picture has a nymph in it, and eat the aphids)

Tomatoes are showing yellowing could be anything, same thing happened to me, I was under the imression it was a disease Phytophthora, but just a guess.

Paul M

Dan said...

hmmm... good feedback - cheers Paul.

Think I might need to breed an army of lady bugs to unleash next time round.