What a nice lazy day. Mid 60s to lower 70s and scattered showers. I took a nap, went to the nursery and did a bit of gardening. Otherwise it's been a highly UNproductive day. Hehe compared to yesterday's hustle and bustle, I needed it.
If you recall, I have had a question out to the GW veggie folks on my corn. Those folks are pretty amazing over there. I have been getting email pings left and right. Thanks to folks like Justaguy and Digdirt Dave, I found my solution. Urea wasn't available locally so far as I could tell. And besides, it's best to give corn more than just Nitrogen to promote good ear growth. With their help, I found what appears to be a good all-around solution for the health of my corn bed.
So my solution was to take the 5-10-10 all-around natural veggie fertilizer and mix it with blood meal, which is 13-0-0.
The jar is cloudy because of the bloodmeal, which is a fine powder. The pellets is the Lilly Miller veggie blend. Together I figure it's about 18-10-10, which is kind of potent I understand. So I side dressed with a light sprinkle rather than a mound which is how I originally envisioned it.
Here is where I took a three prong hand claw to gently rake the top surface of the two tallest rows. I only went a bit down because I was scratching roots. Then I sprinkled the fertilizer and watered it in good.
See the top where I haven't fertilized? That will get done in about another month. I've still got a good amount mixed so I stored it with the rest of my fertilizer.
On a related note, I've decided that I need to support my corn as it continues to grow. It's not developing deep roots like I gave it room to do with 16 inch beds. So the wind and weight of the stalks are causing them to fall over.
So to help them stand up I guess I'm going to have to built up the bed with 2x4s at the corners and stretch nylon netting across at about chest high. Then as the corn grows I'll have to feed it through the six inch openings. Let's hope that horizontal support is enough. Grrr. Why doesn't corn develop deeper roots?
Anyway, it's been a while since you've seen my potato jungle. For the most part both bins are growing well.
If you notice although the branches in the bottom left corner are dying, new growth is growing from the same main stalk. Go figure. I'm just happy it's not dying completely. I don't want to severely limit my production. Only time will tell.
Enjoy your garden!