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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject: sweet corn & crop rotation Reply with quote

can any one tell me which family of vegetables sweet corn belongs to, there is no info on the seed packs or some books that i have, it is my first year growing vegetables and want to use the crop rotation method, thank you.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked it up and it seems to be grown with the onion family and squashes. In a 4 year crop rotation it follows the brassicas and is followed by potatoes and root veg. If it is your first year growing it does not matter where it goes but it likes plenty of organic compost so is a hungry crop. In my book it is under fruiting veg! Confused Confused Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet cornis amember of the grass or graminiae family, as it is the only member of the family that is cultivated then the rotation is not terribly important as it does not carry any soil borne diseases although grasses do, Just try not to have it growing in the same piece of ground any two years in a row.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you very helpfull
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin, I grow quite a bit of sweet corn. I have my ground split into 6 plots. Four for the usual rotation of veg but I include a fifth for Sweet Corn. the 6th is left fallow. I rotate through the whole 6 plots giving one plot over completely to Sweet Corn. As already stated by Michael brenock, it's a grass. Each year one plot gets a rest, an ideal plot for your root crops the next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plant runner beans in the same plot as sweet corn. Legumes enrich the soil with nitrogen as part of the way they grow. This in turn is consumed by the corn. Since squash needs lots of space for the vines I plant them between the rows of corn.

I rotate the plot for all my crops every year.

The symbiosis of the 3 crops in one plot seems to work well for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Import, this thread seems to be running under different names. The three sisters? is the other thread which by the way explains the method you are using.I often wondered where the corn fitted in but you have cleared that up. Surprised Surprised Surprised
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi Import, this thread seems to be running under different names. The three sisters? is the other thread which by the way explains the method you are using.I often wondered where the corn fitted in but you have cleared that up. Surprised Surprised Surprised


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