There's no doubt that the corn growing in swc's is the celebrity of the garden right now. Shoot, i'm surprised that the really high gusts of wind didn't completely level it on Monday evening, because at least 1 was in the 60 mph range...However, all is intact, and is at least 5 ft tall at this point. At least half of the (30 total) plants in there show signs that more than 1 ear will form on each stalk. That's great, and 45 ears from such a small space would be fantastic!
Photo below - and it's tasseling, too! Yeehaw! We should easily have fresh corn for the 4th of July gathering, if not a week before....Now i'm wondering what'll be planted in the swc's when these are finished...hmmm.....I'll really have to put some thought into it, because there will still be at least 110 days left in the gardening season before first frost hits in the fall. That makes anything possible, and will likely end up as a late planting of melons or tomatoes.....
Photo below - Here's my second batch of corn that is growing in the main garden bed, and is looking much better after previously looking just awful. Some abundant sunshine and a side dressing of nitrate of soda sure helped things, and will become mature sometime in August....
Lastly, I wanted to show you the largest compost system that was recently consolidated into only 1/3 the space that was previously occupied. I just threw together a makeshift enclosure in the center part, then piled all of the (almost) completely decomposed material into it. A week later, the internal temperature of the new pile measured at 148, and should finish on it's own with no turning needed. The other 3 bins to the left of the photo will be done the same way, then an entirely new batch will be started. Thanks to the heat of summer and an abundance of fresh grass clippings, we should have about 120 cubic feet of finished compost by the time cold weather arrives. Heehee, looks like EG won't have to compost at all next year!
In other news, I gave an hour and a half long powerpoint presentation last night to 40 citizens at the Lauderdale County Extension Office on raised bed gardening, and it was really fun! Phillip Oliver over at Dirt Therapy was in attendance, and it was great to finally meet him. Also in attendance was Jerry and Lori over at soulcatchingphotography, and it was very good to see them there too! It was a packed house, and I was glad to be a part of it.
Take care, and happy gardening!