That’s the old saying about what the height of your corn should be in the first week of July. I went out to my garden this morning to check. I’m there. Photo at end of this post. How’s your corn doing?
Meanwhile, two gardeners making repeat visits to this site with their garden photos now that we’re into a new month. Both posted photos a few weeks ago. Here’s a visual report on current garden status.
From Harold Shippee, this wonderful photo of his farm, taken 80 years ago. He reports that the farm used to feed the summer people on nearby Sherman Lake. Now, owned by Harold and his wife who, since their retirements a few years ago, have become more serious about vegetable gardening.
Harold reports lots of help from SUNY Adirondack plus the Extension Services in Warren and Washington Counties, and local farmers and friends.
Harold describes this photo as a view of the main garden at Unicome Farm, looking west. 100 ft rows with initial planting on the right (north) and subsequent plantings on the left. Permanent 4 ft beds with a variety of rows, depending on plant spacing needs. Closest bed rye, then clover cover crop, sunflowers, lettuce, tomatoes, cover crow, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, onions, shallots, peas, cover crop, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, beans, garlic, more lettuce, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and finally blueberries. Along the tree line, the orchad plot, including young apple trees with rye, hairy vetch cover crop. 180 ft rows of more corn, squash, pumpkins and cucumbers.
In St. Lawrence County, which looks to be a little further along in the season at our lower elevation, Jim Rudd sent in his third batch of garden photos:
As promised, a photo of the corn in my garden. This is the late corn. Beyond the young trees (our mini-nursery for starting sugar maples and apple trees), there’s a patch of early corn. The early corn is produced on much smaller (shorter) plants, though those are also just about knee high this week. The bright yellow-ish green growth along the upper left is the second planting of salad greens (this morning I just fed the remains of the first planting to our young pullets).
Keep those photos coming. You know how every year has its garden successes–and failures. What’s going well in your garden this year? What isn’t thriving in the cool, damp weather? Photos may be sent to me: firstname.lastname@example.org