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

Allen and Judy Merten (
Sun, 25 Apr 1999 02:27:38 -0500

Thanks Kathy, that is just about the same method that I am using. I am using a
shovel instead of a bulb planter though.
Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.

Kathy Kennedy wrote:

> 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
> >