Sweetcorn crash

by Jane Moore

It's been a bit wild, wet and windy hereabouts and my dozen or so sweetcorn plants have come crashing down in rather a spectacular fashion.

SweetcornIt's been a bit wild, wet and windy hereabouts and my dozen or so sweetcorn plants have come crashing down in rather a spectacular fashion. They've sort of collapsed in a circle, reminiscent of the infamous crop circles. (Well we are in the right part of the country for those kinds of happenings!).

There's a centre to the destruction like the eye of a storm or the centre of a vortex. All very mysterious and, no doubt, portentous! Especially as Ron-next-door's sweetcorn has also collapsed slightly (though nowhere near as bad as ours) but in more of a typical, domino effect. I'll probably find out from some crystal-wielding mystic in the pub that my plot is sited directly upon a powerful ley line. And there are an awful lot of those around here too! (That's ley lines and crystal-wielding mystics - oh and pubs too!).

Anyway back to the sweetcorn which I've been harvesting and what a mixed bag I've got this year. Last year's crop was simply perfection - beautiful sturdy cobs studded with plump kernels. But this year I've had a few that simply haven't developed properly, a couple that had gone mouldy (has to be all that rain) and the rest are okay but nothing to write home about. I can only think that it's the weather. Ron's had the same problems too which always makes me feel better - I know if Ron's crops are bad it must be a seasonal thing and not a cock-up on my part! Oh well, as Ron says, there's always next year!

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Gardeners' World Web User 25/10/2007 at 15:48

We've had so poor a summer up here in summer that my sweet corn have hardly started to develop. Not even the fab autumn weather has made up for the lack of summer sunshine. Better luck next year I suppose.

Gardeners' World Web User 01/11/2007 at 23:03

After the start we had in the summer with all that rain and heavy winds to follow I quite expected my favourite crop (sweetcorn) to be in the same boat as everyone else seems to be in, but the harvest was as good as all the previous years! Maybe because my pot grown plantlets had a better start than many others? I learned from previous years that when you have had a long wet spell it is very easy to think that they have had enough water and not physically check the soil; I grow on raised beds which do tend to drain faster!

Gardeners' World Web User 02/11/2007 at 02:00

best sweetcorn ever this year. didnt plant enough. none of the cobs got as far as the cooking pot. i eat them raw for my lunch at the allotment so sweet and juicy. cant wait until next years crop. tried some from the supermarket. no comparison, they must dry out. changing the subject, can anyone tell me why the vines on supermarket tomatoes last so much longer than home picked vine tomatoes? what do they spray them with to make them last.

Gardeners' World Web User 04/11/2007 at 20:46

this year i was amazed at the number of people on our allotments were all having mold on theirs. as you say its the wet weather we have had - might be better to cover them with a light lint of some sort to help the cobs get a better chance in growing. I'll put it down to experience next year happy winter digging all.

Gardeners' World Web User 07/11/2007 at 20:56

First time I've tried sweetcorn. I planted 2 packets in the greenhouse. The first were all eaten by a mouse who very tidily left the husks in the corner of the seedtray. The second were attacked by the same creature who sadly did not escape the trap I set. HeHe The 13 seedlings that survived went the allotment and produced some beautiful cobs, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I live down south so the summer wasn't all that bad.

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