One of the tricks of gardening in Florida is staging..........getting the last of the winter crops out in time so that the spring crops have time to ripen before the heat/rain/bugs in June/July kills everything! You Yankees up north wouldn't know about these problems because July/Aug for you is Prime Time growing. Not for us. Actually, July/Aug is the only time during the year we really don't grow anything.
Because of this I'm always having to think ahead so I can manage my garden to it's fullest. Throw in some inexperience, different crop heights, crop rotation, & different locations for sun/shade and it's easy to end up with empty spaces where a crop should be!
My point is this....... I've been a little worried that I wasn't going to be able to grow some corn this year because my potatoes are taking longer than expected, and they're in my planned corn spot for Spring. So I started looking around and notice a real nice sunny spot on the South end of my garden. Not in the garden, mind you, but outside of the garden fence. A pretty big sunny spot at that.
So the Wife & I planted 8 rows of corn 40 feet long with 4 different varieties: Ambrosia, Sugar Pearl (white), Early & Often and Sugar Dots. I don't plan on fencing it in, I believe that I've planted enough seed to have a great harvest even if I loose a few. Plus.....I don't feel like putting up more fence! lol. I estimate about 350 plants if all goes well. I'm pretty excited......I've never grown corn before!
Not nearly as exciting is my Bush Bean planting. I planted some "True Red Cranberry" I got from Old Sturbridge Village in Mass. I also planted "Rocdor", "Borlotto Solista" (from Italy) and "Jade" which is pictured above.
What a Saturday!
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