Re: [gardeners] gardening stuff/x-planting corn

Kathy Kennedy (
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 23:52:50 -0500

My neighbor loves to grow corn in his garden, and he had a special gadget
made last summer just for transplanting corn from "thick" areas to "thin"
areas.  It looks kind of like one of those long-handled bulb planters, and
works kind of like a post-hold digger.  He lines it up over the rather
young corn plant, takes a plug of corn plant & soil, then goes over to the
bare spot in another row, and inserts the plug.  He immediately waters the
plug in.

Bottom line: transplanting the young corn works for him, and he has corn to
share with his happy neighbors!

He's a very nice man who like gardening and gadgets.

--Kathy K, mid-Missouri, zone 5

> From: Allen and Judy Merten <>
> To:
> Subject: [gardeners] gardening stuff
> Date: Saturday, April 24, 1999 8:01 AM
> 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,
>     Allen
>     Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx