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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Our 'Danny Corn' Saga ... Laugh With Me!!!

Late last fall I ordered 'Danny Corn' seed from Deep South Homestead's Etsy shop.  Since Deep South Homesteads climate, weather and soil are so similar to ours, I thought we would give it a try.

When the seeds came I put them away until planting time this year.  When the planting time was right we planted the seeds and they came up really well.  I believe every seed we planted germinated and popped through the ground.

I was feeling pretty good about what I envisioned would be our corn harvest this year and watched it carefully for anything that might derail my vision.

It continued to grow and then I started noticing that something was going terribly wrong … every morning when I went out to do my garden check I saw it … and it was increasing with every single morning!  My little perfect corn plants were laying on the ground like they had been pulled up and out of the ground!



My husband and I decided that it must be birds pulling the plants out of the ground and eating the kernel of corn.  Morning after morning this continued until my row of Danny Corn was down to 5 stalks!!!  They weren't just pulling up one plant at a time, no, they were going down the row and pulling 8, 10, 12 or more plants every single night.  They were doing it at night because when I checked at dusk they were there and when I checked at dawn, they were not!  It took them about a week to 'harvest' my corn crop!

I didn't have any netting to throw over them so I got the bright idea to place a wire cage around 2 of the stalks that were close together.  I only had one cage or I would have done more.  I didn't know if it would work, but at this point I was desperate having given up all hope of any kind of sizeable harvest, and was hoping to just grow enough to save for seeds for next year.

It worked and those 2 stalks continued to grow and are now almost shoulder high.  For whatever reason the birds also left 1 other stalk of corn which gave me 3 stalks.  Three stalks of Danny Corn out of a whole row!  

Next year I have a plan for keeping the birds out of my corn until it gets big enough that they can't pull it out of the ground … that is if I can get it to the harvesting and saving seed stage so that I'll have some to plant!

We've fought rabbits and now birds in our garden this year, we're sure getting a good education is all I can say!!!

As for my 3 stalks of Danny Corn that I have left, well, let's just say that I'm watching them like a hawk!!!  

Come on laugh with  me, it's better than crying and just think of all the valuable experience we're getting!!!

patsi
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18 comments:

  1. I hope you get a good harvest! we have had similar things happen here.

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    1. Out My Window, I'm hoping for enough to plant next year!!!

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  2. Hoping those 3 grow up to be giants and full of ears of corn that are totally full to bursting

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  3. Grow corn grow! That is so frustrating!

    It is squirrels here. They pulled up every pepper plant night before last and fortunately we saw them and replanted before they were too bad off. They also dug around in a raised bed where seeds were planted. I don't know if they ate the seeds or if they just stirred it all up. GRRR! I had been lax about getting out the orange peels but they are out there now.

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    1. Lana, does it have to be fresh orange peels or can it be dried ones … as in I dry and save them year round so I'll have them ready when needed.

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    2. They have to be fresh. Hubby just came in and told me that they have thrown some of the peels out of the beds. This is a tough crowd this year.

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    3. Lana, I think you're right, a tough crowd indeed!!!!

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  4. We had that happen too. It is sickening what animals can do. Right now we have our had a possum eating our apples. It is gone as of this morning.

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    1. Deep South Homestead, we haven't had any problems with possums yet, but I think I'll be on the lookout … just in case!!

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  5. Our saga with corn- It had grown large and we ate some. I went out one morning to pick a bunch to process, and the stalks were broken. I looked at the ground and most of the ears were on the ground, and all that was left was bare cobs. I asked my DH if he had done something with the corn - and he said no. We ended up finding out that a family of skunks had made their home not too far away, and were coming out at night to feast on our corn. they were strong enough to pull full grown plants down. What we as gardeners have to contend with.

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    1. Nancy, oh no, not skunks!!! I believe I'll keep my birds at least they don't fill the air with a toxic oder!!!

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  6. Oh Patsy that is so disappointing and as I say what horrid little mung beans are the birds. After all no gardener minds sharing but when they take nearly all of corn well that is simply not playing fair.

    We recently picked quite a lot of mandarins off our potted tree and one had a large triangular beak mark in it where the bird tried it and thought it wasn't that tasty.

    In our last rental before we bought our home here I was in the garden weeding and there was a gallah looking at me and I think smiling, plucking lettuce leaves off not just one plant but a couple and then spitting them out after it ate a little chunk from each leaf. The darn thing wouldn't be dissuaded until I literally walked up to it and clapped my hands loudly at it. Every time I went out into the yard the same darn gallah would smile at me from the tree and then fly away without touching anything.

    Oh they are so frustrating when they are determined to eat something. Hopefully the last 3 plants will give you enough to get seed from and some to eat too.

    Have a fantastic week ahead and keep up the fantastic work of preserving for the seasons ahead :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna)

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    1. Lorna, the birds are very greedy indeed! I don't mind sharing, but sheesh, they didn't have to take all but 3 plants!!!

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  7. I've heard of birds doing this. akin to the bunny who nibble my cucumber vines--straight through two inches up from the root.

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  8. We have had great trouble with the same thing. In fact, my sister lost her corn a couple of times already this year. This year, my husband started the seeds in the greenhouse. Then I transplanted them into the garden when they were about 4 inches tall and we covered them with Remay row covering we had on hand. It’s been a couple of weeks and so far so good...even even uncovered them...here’s hoping😄

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    1. Becky, what a great idea! I'm going to make note to start corn in the greenhouse next spring! Thanks so much for sharing this tip!

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