Woodland shade gardening with a purpose – pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!
Carl was very interested in growing a small field of corn in the spring of 2008. He had experience growing corn, one year, in our previous 1/5 acre (ornamental) gardens in Texas. From that crop of corn in Texas, we harvested enough ears for one large, delicious pot of corn cut from the cob.
In this single/one-time attempt to grow corn in our North Carolina gardens, the seeds in the first planting germinated and were immediately pulled up and eaten by the squirrels that love to visit us. So back to Secrest Feed & Seed we journeyed, on the square in downtown Monroe, for more corn seed. Carl has a good imagination and devised a squirrel-proof seed starter device, using our garden cart, good soil, metal wire mesh, and assorted bricks. He was diligent to water the soil and watch closely for any problems with this method. The squirrels could NOT get to the seedlings and the seeds did germinate and begin to grow into tiny cornstalks
Meanwhile, we also planted a few salad greens and a yellow squash vine.
Now, back to the cornfield that was being created. The cornfield soil was tilled deeply, and smoothed, and terraced with curved rows.
The time had arrived to plant the seedlings, which Carl harvested from the squirrel-proof incubator. Onto what? A cookie sheet, of course.
Yes, time to dig small, individual holes into which the small, individual seedlings would be transplanted.
Those hearty little seedlings increased in size.
Here you see the last photo documentation of this lovely cornfield, because shortly after these pictures were taken, the cornstalks just sort of fell over and turned brown.
Carl is from Old East Dallas – a city boy for sure. He is a man of many talents, but growing cornfields is an additional talent he no longer dreams of pursuing.
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