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  • Post #61 - August 4th, 2014, 11:22 pm
    Post #61 - August 4th, 2014, 11:22 pm Post #61 - August 4th, 2014, 11:22 pm
    Did you look down into the whorls, to see if there is anything forming??

    I know, you probably borrowed a colonoscope from a doctor friend, to give your plants an exam. What was I thinking....

    I'm not giving up yet.
  • Post #62 - August 4th, 2014, 11:40 pm
    Post #62 - August 4th, 2014, 11:40 pm Post #62 - August 4th, 2014, 11:40 pm
    F*cking bunnies and squirrels! OK I feel better now.....
  • Post #63 - August 5th, 2014, 2:00 am
    Post #63 - August 5th, 2014, 2:00 am Post #63 - August 5th, 2014, 2:00 am
    Freezer Pig wrote:Did you look down into the whorls, to see if there is anything forming??

    I know, you probably borrowed a colonoscope from a doctor friend, to give your plants an exam. What was I thinking....

    I'm not giving up yet.


    I need a ladder!!!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #64 - August 5th, 2014, 2:15 am
    Post #64 - August 5th, 2014, 2:15 am Post #64 - August 5th, 2014, 2:15 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:I need a ladder!!!!!


    Tip it over, it's in a bucket!! LOL
  • Post #65 - August 5th, 2014, 7:44 am
    Post #65 - August 5th, 2014, 7:44 am Post #65 - August 5th, 2014, 7:44 am
    My luck, I'd snap the stalks off!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #66 - August 5th, 2014, 8:36 pm
    Post #66 - August 5th, 2014, 8:36 pm Post #66 - August 5th, 2014, 8:36 pm
    Guuuueeessss what?????
    image.jpg Finally tassels!!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #67 - August 5th, 2014, 8:39 pm
    Post #67 - August 5th, 2014, 8:39 pm Post #67 - August 5th, 2014, 8:39 pm
    Obviously it's sideways but you get the idea. Even fuller one popping out of the slightly taller stalk next to it but too hard to snap a shot of that one yet.

    So now what, corn guru???
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #68 - August 5th, 2014, 10:23 pm
    Post #68 - August 5th, 2014, 10:23 pm Post #68 - August 5th, 2014, 10:23 pm
    Ha ha ha! Congratulations!
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #69 - August 5th, 2014, 10:38 pm
    Post #69 - August 5th, 2014, 10:38 pm Post #69 - August 5th, 2014, 10:38 pm
    Katie wrote:Ha ha ha! Congratulations!

    Well thank you! I feel very proud. This must be a bit like you'd feel when your kid graduates kindergarten or something LOL!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #70 - August 5th, 2014, 10:57 pm
    Post #70 - August 5th, 2014, 10:57 pm Post #70 - August 5th, 2014, 10:57 pm
    Wooo Hooo!!!! Your first tassel!! That feeling you had when you found it, is the same feeling even the biggest farmer gets, when they find tassels. It's a sign that things are on their way to being OK. Just imagine that feeling, if you had a few hundred acres of corn and you were depending on it for your livelihood for the next year.

    Your a farmer!!

    boudreaulicious wrote:So now what, corn guru???


    You'll get silk in a day or three, depends on the variety, and I'm sure I'm not familiar witht that stuff.

    Pray for warm but not hot weather, for the next two weeks.

    Dew is good, rain is ok, as long as it's not every day.

    Don't mess with the silk. If you had a whole field, I'd tell you to feel it (it's sticky). Since you only have 6 stalks, you can't afford to crimp your yield. It needs to stay fluffed up and sticky, if you go messing with it, it'll be all globed together and the pollen won't be able to do it's thing.

    You'll see pollen stuck to the silk as nature takes it's course. Maybe give the stalks a little shake, a couple of times a day. You want as much pollen hitting that silk as possible. Big wind/breezes will not be your friend with 6 stalks.

    Keep it watered like you have been, the leaves I can see look like everything is good.

    You are on your way!!

    Nice job.

    Tim

    Edit:
    You replied to Katie while I was answering the post. I was assuming you had that feeling of accomplishment.........

    You really are a farmer.
  • Post #71 - August 5th, 2014, 11:21 pm
    Post #71 - August 5th, 2014, 11:21 pm Post #71 - August 5th, 2014, 11:21 pm
    Freezer Pig wrote:You really are a farmer.


    Wow. Congratulations Jen!
    Considering the source that is truly a wonderful compliment.
  • Post #72 - August 7th, 2014, 11:08 am
    Post #72 - August 7th, 2014, 11:08 am Post #72 - August 7th, 2014, 11:08 am
    Hey Jen,

    This is going to be what you are looking for next:

    First ear shoot. This is probably day 2, I didn't look too hard for a younger one. They grow fast.

    Image

    First silk, sometimes it'll blow silk before you can even see the ear shoot coming.

    Image

    A little further along

    Image

    Next stage

    Image

    TA-DA!! Pollination begins

    Image

    A mature tassel ready to drop pollen

    Image

    You'll be surprised how fast that's all going to happen. Sometimes, if you get a nice rain at night, followed by an 80 degree sunny day, a field can go from nothing to almost full silk before the sun goes back down.

    I/we are waiting for the next stage of growth and pictures from your balcony field.

    Tim
  • Post #73 - August 7th, 2014, 10:33 pm
    Post #73 - August 7th, 2014, 10:33 pm Post #73 - August 7th, 2014, 10:33 pm
    I can fully see the tassels now for both the taller ears. I think we're hoping for some rain + 81deg on Sunday--fingers crossed!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #74 - August 7th, 2014, 11:32 pm
    Post #74 - August 7th, 2014, 11:32 pm Post #74 - August 7th, 2014, 11:32 pm
    I'm interested to see how many ears each stalk will have. Field corn and sweetcorn normally have one ear per stalk, popcorn will have two or three. I've read about Gem Corn (or whatever it was called) in another post here, it looks like popcorn kernals, so I wonder if you'll end up with multiple ears.

    If you end up with a bumper crop, I'd like some seeds if you can spare them. I'll grow them in the garden and return your seed plus some, if they make a crop.

    I'll find something to trade you.
  • Post #75 - August 8th, 2014, 11:29 am
    Post #75 - August 8th, 2014, 11:29 am Post #75 - August 8th, 2014, 11:29 am
    It just occured to me that you aren't going to be able to really tell how your corn is filling until it's ready to harvest. You have about 8 (or more) weeks to sit and look at those ears, wondering what's going on under the husks. If you thought waiting on tassels was bad.........

    You're gonna be a mess by the middle of October. :(

    Remember, patience is a virtue.

    Tim
  • Post #76 - August 8th, 2014, 12:09 pm
    Post #76 - August 8th, 2014, 12:09 pm Post #76 - August 8th, 2014, 12:09 pm
    hehehehehe...I can handle it. I'm not expecting much :) It's too tall for me to see anything anyway!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #77 - August 9th, 2014, 9:01 am
    Post #77 - August 9th, 2014, 9:01 am Post #77 - August 9th, 2014, 9:01 am
    Lots going on in the garden. Some of yesterday's harvest...

    Harvest.JPG 8-8-14 a.m. harvest


    Enjoying all the purple/black tomatoes.

    black tomatoes.JPG


    Hoping to start pickling the long beans tomorrow.

    Long beans.JPG Long beans


    Loads of chilies.

    Peppers.JPG chilies


    And the first bag of potatoes (small haul but nice looking).

    Potatoes.JPG Taters
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #78 - August 9th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    Post #78 - August 9th, 2014, 3:54 pm Post #78 - August 9th, 2014, 3:54 pm
    Hi- You have more tomatoes in your garden right now than I do in mine. All I have picked so far are a few Juliets and some Sun Gold. Are those Black Cherry tomatoes? I had one ugly black tomato I picked in my garden on Monday, and I forgot about it, and when I decided to use it on Tuesday it had mold all over it. I am going to try to go to my garden today, and see if I have any Black Cherry tomatoes finally. I should have some more sun gold ready to pick. Today when I was at the Evanston market, I talked to one of the organic growers that puts their #2 heirlooms on sale, and on a few occasions when they are getting ready to go home, they will give them to me for free. I asked them today if they had any heirloom tomatoes, and I was told that they had some cherry tomatoes earlier, but they sold out on those. They told me their heirlooms won't be ready for another two weeks.

    I planted some pole beans in my garden, but unfortunately some animal eat the plants. I am not sure if it was a deer or some other animal. Deer love bean plants.
  • Post #79 - August 15th, 2014, 10:06 am
    Post #79 - August 15th, 2014, 10:06 am Post #79 - August 15th, 2014, 10:06 am
    Hey Jen,

    It's been a week..... no pictures of pollen laying seductively on silk??

    Tim
  • Post #80 - August 15th, 2014, 10:44 am
    Post #80 - August 15th, 2014, 10:44 am Post #80 - August 15th, 2014, 10:44 am
    Ask and ye shall receive! And I'm sure I could use some counseling right about now--completely unsure what should be happening at this point. I do know that I 'm going to do this differently next year. I'm going to put the corn where my potatoes and carrots are now I think--it will serve the purpose of creating a barrier with my next door roof neighbors (the pizza place with the VERY loud air compressor!!) and enable me to have a row which I don't now (I have one pot on the ground and two with smaller stalks in pots). Anyway, have at it!!
    Corn tassel 4.JPG
    Corn tassel 3.JPG
    Corn tassel 2.JPG
    Corn tassel 1.JPG
    Last edited by boudreaulicious on August 15th, 2014, 10:50 am, edited 1 time in total.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #81 - August 15th, 2014, 10:47 am
    Post #81 - August 15th, 2014, 10:47 am Post #81 - August 15th, 2014, 10:47 am
    A few more shots of various activity in the garden...
    Poblanos.JPG Gorgeous Poblanos
    Shoyu Eggplant.JPG Shoyu Eggplant
    PingTung eggplant.JPG Ping Tung Eggplant
    Fairytale Eggplant.JPG TONS of eggplant
    crazy cuke.JPG End of season cukes
    Beaver Dam Pepper.JPG Beaver Dam Pepper
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #82 - August 15th, 2014, 10:49 am
    Post #82 - August 15th, 2014, 10:49 am Post #82 - August 15th, 2014, 10:49 am
    And a few more...
    Shiso.JPG Shiso
    Thai Chilis.JPG Thai Chilis
    Lemon Drop Chili.JPG Lemon Drop chilis
    habanero.JPG Habaneros just starting to come in
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #83 - August 15th, 2014, 11:18 am
    Post #83 - August 15th, 2014, 11:18 am Post #83 - August 15th, 2014, 11:18 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:........I'm sure I could use some counseling right about now--completely unsure what should be happening at this point.......


    Well, it's kind of a slow time right now. Around here, guys are going through wagon bearings, going through combines getting them ready for harvest. Maybe do a good thorough cleaning of the planter before you store it for the winter. Check the air brakes on the semi's, change the oil in the tractors...... :lol:

    I'd say just make sure there is pollen on the silk. Not much else you can do. It'll take water to make nice kernals on the ears, but you don't have to go crazy, just keep doing what your doing. Maybe give the stalk a little shake once in a while, if it's calm, to see if you can get the pollen to fall on the silk.

    Go to your favorite coffee spot and talk to the other balcony farmers about how their crops are doing.....

    You are pretty much at the whim of nature at this point. You have everything invested, just have to wait and see.

    In a week or so, you'll be able to tell by gently squeezing the ear, what is inside. GENTLY!! Like picking up a piece of white bread without leaving finger prints.....

    Tim
  • Post #84 - August 15th, 2014, 11:23 am
    Post #84 - August 15th, 2014, 11:23 am Post #84 - August 15th, 2014, 11:23 am
    Laughing so hard at the thought of going to La Columbe and finding ANYONE interested in talking about my roof corn!!!

    We've actually had some pretty windy days, followed by dead calm this week. The plants are well-watered (we've also had some great rains) but it's getting pretty cool here. I won't be sad if it doesn't work--but will certainly be thrilled if I get an ear or two.

    I'll keep you posted!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #85 - August 15th, 2014, 12:57 pm
    Post #85 - August 15th, 2014, 12:57 pm Post #85 - August 15th, 2014, 12:57 pm
    Yeah, I'm guessing there aren't a lot of pickup trucks and seedcorn caps at a place called La Columbe. You might have to go more than a couple blocks from your place to find what you are looking for. LOL

    Tim
  • Post #86 - August 15th, 2014, 2:09 pm
    Post #86 - August 15th, 2014, 2:09 pm Post #86 - August 15th, 2014, 2:09 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:Laughing so hard at the thought of going to La Columbe and finding ANYONE interested in talking about my roof corn!!!

    We've actually had some pretty windy days, followed by dead calm this week. The plants are well-watered (we've also had some great rains) but it's getting pretty cool here. I won't be sad if it doesn't work--but will certainly be thrilled if I get an ear or two.

    I'll keep you posted!


    I have a feeling that Jonathan @ Bad Wolf would be pretty willing to have you bend his ear re: balcony gardening.
  • Post #87 - August 15th, 2014, 2:24 pm
    Post #87 - August 15th, 2014, 2:24 pm Post #87 - August 15th, 2014, 2:24 pm
    I can't go there--I eat too much :)
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #88 - August 15th, 2014, 2:25 pm
    Post #88 - August 15th, 2014, 2:25 pm Post #88 - August 15th, 2014, 2:25 pm
    Freezer Pig wrote:Yeah, I'm guessing there aren't a lot of pickup trucks and seedcorn caps at a place called La Columbe. You might have to go more than a couple blocks from your place to find what you are looking for. LOL

    Tim


    That's what I have all of you for!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #89 - August 15th, 2014, 6:46 pm
    Post #89 - August 15th, 2014, 6:46 pm Post #89 - August 15th, 2014, 6:46 pm
    Well I'll be damned! Since this morning...
    image.jpg
    image.jpg
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #90 - August 15th, 2014, 11:01 pm
    Post #90 - August 15th, 2014, 11:01 pm Post #90 - August 15th, 2014, 11:01 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:Well I'll be damned! Since this morning...


    For some reason, I thought you had silk before. I told you those come on fast. It'll be a couple days before that's ready to pollinate, if that's the first ones.

    Tim

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