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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Monday, July 4, 2011

Is Your Corn Knee-High by the Fourth of July?

Dad's rule of thumb for gauging the progress of his corn..."Corn should be knee-high by the Fourth of July." Here in Washington state, that's hard to do. The last few Springs have been so wet, that you can't plant until June. So I decided to cheat the spring monsoons by planting starts in June, rather than seeds. Result? I can safely report that I have one hill of corn that's knee high. The others knee high to a 10 year old, but I expect they'll make it to harvest.

 The lettuce and romaine is doin' good.. We're eating all we can and sharing with the neighbors. Note to self... stagger your lettuce crop so it doesn't all mature at once. The marigolds and the coffee grounds seem to be doing the trick-we've had very few slugs or pests on the lettuce this year. It's one of the best feelings in the world to eat something you've grown in your very own, organic garden! Isn't romaine just one of the prettiest garden vegetables? One expects to see Peter Rabbit hiding below the leaves.

The Blue Lake beans are climbing the poles. Hoping those stalks reach to the sky. Then I'll climb to the top, scare the old giant, and steal the goose that lays golden eggs. Or maybe we'll just have some nice sauteed green beans and garlic for dinner. Time will tell.

Happy Gardening Friends!

PS: I will be doing the random drawing for the Holstein salt-shakers tomorrow. To those who responded; thanks and good luck!



chickory said...

the garden looks marvelous! you seem to be right on track. I have never grown corn, it is so cheap and abundant here. But I might one year. I made a decision last saturday that all my food I was keeping and taking none to the farmers market. Only flowers and art. FLowers are more profitable -if you can call it that. which you cant. your greens look exceptional. bravo!

hope you had a lovely fourth. i was in an odd place this year. oh well. im going on a trip thursday to hang out with 2 other bloggers in new mexico. just in time to enjoy the fires. oy vey.

BECKY said...

Hi Debora! I've heard that saying, too....Plus one that says something like, "High as an elephant's eye by the 4th of July." I've been in Iowa in June and July, and their corn was always WAY higher than knee high! Guess it matters what state it's grown in, like you said!

sally said...

Our artichokes are "Sky High", but alas, no corn.

farmlady said...

What a beautiful garden. It's too late for lettuce here in the Calif. Foothills... too hot.
I love the birdbath planted with flowers. What a charming thing to do.

farmlady said...

Dear Debora,
You do not have to post this comment. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely comment on my recent post. I love the Indian idea of continuing the story of our lives... a Totem with wings. Really lovely. Thank you so much.

Also, You have the dreaded "NORPLY-COMMENT.COM" as a return address on your blog.It means "no reply on comments". This keeps folks from responding to your comment on their blog and who knows what other insidious Blogger reasons.
It's kind of confusing but if you go into your Dashboard and click on "settings",Then click on "comments", then scroll down to "comment moderation". There will be a rectangular box for your email address. Be sure this box has your email address in it and not "norply-comment". Also check "always" above the box.
This should help you make it easier for comments and it may improve your amount of comments.
Hope so. Connie
p.s. You might also want to have your email address posted on your "About Me" page. I had to write this on you blog because I couldn't reach you any other way. Hope this all helps.C.

Linda O'Connell said...

Our garden is going to produce an abundance of ripe tomatoes while we are on vacation. The vines are loaded, and our neighbors will reap the benefits :)

Debora said...

Lucky neighbors!


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