I am excited to learn about this forum; this is my second year with my garden and I've lots to learn!
My question to you all is about soil preparation for next year -- I had a decent year with my crop garden (compared to last year at least!). My tomatoes, squash, beans and peppers are doing great. Corn - well not so much and I'm wondering if we missed something in the soil. We did do one of those soil test (little vials with colors and such) but perhaps we misread the results. Last year we did this:
1) In the fall/winter we burnt quite a bit of yard debris (leaves/sticks) on top of the garden.
2) Early spring we tilled.
3) We added compost/manure, some mulch, chicken poo, and blood meal.
4) We tilled again and then planted.
Most everything has done well, the ground has stayed fairly moist even with this heat we've had. But my corn has not -- they are green, but the stalks look skinny and some short and have not produced many ears at all and even then some of the ears are puny. I'm wondering where we went wrong on the corn -- we have about six 25 foot rows that I planted around mid April. Silver Queen and Sugar Pearl (didn't mean to have two different varieties, it just turned out that way) -- the Silver Queen seemed to do better than Sugar Pearl.
Looking for input. Here's what I'm thinking for next year:
1) I have a composter for our plant and veggie waste -- add that to the garden in the fall and till it.
2) Add lime for pH in the fall.
3) Fall/Winter: continue to burn our yard debris in the garden b/c we have leaves and sticks in our yard out the wazoo. (and I think it's good for the garden, no?)
4) Add manure again and till again in early spring.
5) And I may plant earlier spring weather permitting; looking around me I think others planted their corn a little earlier than I did.
Does this sound ok? Or am I missing something?