Monday, 7 July 2008

Sweetcorn update


The sweetcorn I planted out in May is doing amazingly well, due to the plot being flat and exposed I was worried they might be damaged by the wind so staked them but after just a few weeks they were strong enough to support themselves. Yesterday I went down and saw that several of the bigger plants are already forming cobs! I have 16 plants growing so if the sun continues it looks like I could be in for a bit of a glut, not bad considering these are from my 10p seeds!

Elsewhere the tomatoes are forming at amazing speed, I am having to nip out the side-shoots every couple of days. I think I was looking in the wrong direction and have missed a few which are now whole new branches, so I have left them, hopefully they won't shade the tomatoes too much.

Potatoes are cropping well, we got another bag of Charlottes and there is still a row and a half of plants left to dig. I'm not sure how the maincrops are getting on, they are in flower but I had a gentle feel under them and couldn't find any potatoes, I guess it is a wait and see situation. No sign of any blight yet which is very good news.

5 comments:

Soilman said...

Fantastic sweetcorn! I'm totally jealous. Mine are nothing like as advanced as yours.

Lucy @ Smallest Smallholding said...

bah, not fair! Only two of mine germinated, got half eaten by my rabbits, but still growing. i doubt they'll do anything. I left it far too late this year to have any sort of contingency plan. Good work!

Vegmonkey said...

they look brill...we have 4, but nowhere near that stage...well done!

earthwoman said...

Oh my goodness your sweetcorn is sooooo advanced! I thought mine was doing well but you'll practically be melting butter over them next week.

Liz said...

The blight hit at my plot two weeks ago. I think I'm going to give potatoes a miss next year because we seem to get it everytime.