July 14th – Bring me some ears

The sweetcorn are starting to get their male flowers now.

The male flowers appear at the top of the plant. The female flowers appear further down. The male flowers pollinate the female flowers below, aided by the wind. I find that it helps to gibe them a hand by shaking the male flowers over the female. This helps to ensure that each sweetcorn grain in the cob gets pollinated.

Male sweetcorn flowers

We have a seep hose! Richard has draped this around the runner bean bed so we can water right at the roots and go off and do some weeding or other work.

 

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