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Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2018 at 7:08am

So glad you've returned to A/N, "Loam"! I enjoy your photos and comments.

I have so much sweet corn, I don't know what to do. Sharing with neighbors is one thing. My freezer is full.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2018 at 7:07am

I plant corn in bunches also.  Planted them a month or more late this year, but they're 4 foot high, so I may get some if the cold weather doesn't come early.  They're an old fashioned kind that is not sweet.  I like the taste of those better than the sweet varieties.

Weather here has been in the 90s all summer, sometimes over 100 F.   No rain.

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 17, 2018 at 10:08pm

Speaking of sweetcorn, this is today.  The cultivar is "Trinity".  I don't know why they called it that, but maybe it was so good someone said, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, this is good!"

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 17, 2018 at 9:17pm

Spud, thanks for the advice.  Yellow jackets have been a plague this year!  I always tolerated them, but this year they stung me many times, stung my puppy, and destroyed my summer fig crop.  I've put out many water traps.   Maybe it's time for some Pine Sol too.

Joan, great info on sweet corn.  You and I have a challenge with that crop, although more for you than for me.  Sweet Corn originated in Mexico, and although it's evolved and been modified for thousands of years, it's still not quite an easy crop for our shorter summer, cooler spring, cooler nights.  I do plant in blocks - usually about 5 feet by 5 feet, rows about 1 foot apart, plants about 1 foot apart, so 25 plants in a block.  i plant a block about every 2 weeks from May to the end of June.  This year I have 5 blocks.  The first is eaten, and I'm midway through the second.  The last looks punky - too short - but I knew I was pushing it, and this summer has been a scorcher for the young plants.

Some zinnias.  The little ones are the size of marigolds, but I think they look nicer.

Some more, bigger zinnias.  Still the best annual as far as heat tolerance, deer don't eat them, and blooming power.  Geraniums would be as good, but fewer colors and harder to grow from seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 17, 2018 at 1:20pm

The wonder of nature in a corn cob. The lesson here for the small gardener is to plant corn in patches, not long rows so that the pollen from one plant has the opportunity to receive pollen from neighboring corn plants because of the work of wind or insects.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2018 at 8:10am

Oh, yes.  Pine Sol kills them almost instantly.  I don't like killing them, but didn't want to get stung.  In the past, I've used several kinds of detergent, and all of them worked well.  

Picked a couple of bushels of pears.  Gave some to my neighbor that likes them and have started eating mine that I picked a week and a half ago.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 17, 2018 at 6:56am

I find Roma's easy to process because they're not too juicy. However, they lack the flavor of most others. Enjoy the results of your labors, Daniel!

Comment by Patricia on August 17, 2018 at 12:02am

They are beautiful!

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 16, 2018 at 11:52pm

I put duct tape over the siding defect that yellow jackets are using for their superhighway to somewhere inside the garage wall.  We'll see if that stops them.  There must be thousands in there. 

Spud, did the pine sol work? How are the pears?

This  is the sauce tomato harvest so far.  I spent half a day cooking them down.  Veryhappy with the sauce.  I freeze it in freezer zip lock bags, one cup per bag.  In previous years, I grew heirloom romas and Marzettas.  A lot were lost to blossom end rot.  This year, most were the variety Ranger.  Really productive, meaty, and no blossom end rot at all.  I also grew one type called Big Mama.  Huge cooking tomato, but I dont know if pounds per plant were as high as Ranger. 

Usually there are 2 or 3 harvests from the sauce tomatoes. This bodes well for an excellent supply of tomato sauce in the freezer for this winter for pizzas and pasta. They are also excellent for salsa.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2018 at 10:23am

Kathy, thanks for for the happy birthday.

Randall, I stopped killing them for the same reason, but this morning I killed one nest.  

I had to use my large ladder to harvest my pears and there was a nest of them on it.  

I figured I might get stung moving it around and climbing up & down, so I sprayed them with Pine Sol while they were all on the nest and not active in the cool of the morning.


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