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16/02/2014 at 19:18

Although it's still too wet to walk on the plot, there are standing puddled, I browsed the shelves in Wilco this morning and am looking at ...

...carrot Paris Market, sweetcorn Swift, parsnips Student and Gladiator, runner Prizewinner and dwarf french Tendercrop. Buy 3 and get the cheapest free offer on at the moment.

16/02/2014 at 19:27

Sounds good Ivyhouse if they are the varieties you want.  

16/02/2014 at 19:41

Apart from Swift which was not good last year they are all new to me. I put the failure of my sweetcorn down to a grey and cloudy summer here in the East. Any thoughts on these from friends will be welcome


16/02/2014 at 20:27

I have had sweetcorn swift, two years running. One wet, one hot. Both years it did really well. It needs the sunniest position you can give it.

16/02/2014 at 20:28

I should add I use two packets and plant in a block, 7 rows of 10. The odd plant, or planted in a long line, will not pollinate well, because it is wind pollinated.

16/02/2014 at 21:00

Thanks fidgetbones. I don't have room for more than a dozen plants but will put them in the sunniest corner. 

16/02/2014 at 21:10

Try and put them in a block, 3 x 4. I'm not confident so few will pollinate well. try tapping the plants when the male flowers open to disperse the pollen.

16/02/2014 at 21:15

And an early start too...not yet but not too late.  Sweetcorn, mmmmmmmmmm

I now plant closer than usually suggested too.  

16/02/2014 at 21:34

I find that sweetcorn needs loads of water when producing the cobs - even in the wet summer before last I had the sprinkler on the sweetcorn on dry days.  

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