[gardeners] gardening stuff

Allen and Judy Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 08:01:24 -0500

Hi Gardeners,
    I'm attempting to do something that I have never done before, that
is transplanting corn plants. I planted 7 rows of Guadalupe Gold, sweet
corn, that germinated about 50%. Friday evening I started conslidating
into about 4 rows by moving the plants from the other 3. The plant
spacing was so far apart and so irregular that pollination would have
been a real iffy. Have any of you had any experience transplanting corn?
Can it be done successfully?
    I have been reading that there is a germination problem with tomato,
corn, pepper, beans, and some other seeds grown during the drought. The
G-90 bicolor sweet corn that I planted is 3 years old and still
germinated at 100%. We are actually thinning it out for proper spacing.
I had the same germination problem with the Blue Lake pole beans. The
left over Roma and Top Crop green bush beans also germinated at 100%.
    I guess you  folks in the upper midwest are having a difficult time
trying to get your gardens in with all the rain. We had that problem
here 3 springs ago. My sandy soil drains rapidly so I was suprised that
I could work it as soon as I could. Our family garden had been in Gulf
Coast Black Gumbo that was heavy, sticky, and stayed wet for a long
time. When it dried it got hard.
    I am going to get my okra planted sometime this weekend. It is
certainly warm enough for okra now. I have been gardening in shorts and
light colored shirts most of the week. Predictions for high temperatures
to reach 90 one or more days this coming week.
    Happy Gardening,
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx