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(NYPost)   An Upper West Side Manhattan farmer is trying to grow corn on the street. No farm tractor seen yet for his 10-foot by 5-foot urban microfarm   (nypost.com) divider line
    More: Weird, Upper West Side, Seed, sidewalk plant bed, Racey Gilbert, West End Avenue, Plot, Plant, stalks of corn  
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2020-09-01 7:02:38 PM  
10 votes:

DrBrownCow: albuquerquehalsey: Don't you need a certain number of row for self pollination to occur?

As mentioned above, it can be done by hand, and that isn't a big deal if it's just a hobby garden.   All I ever did was shake the stalks when the tassles and silks were both present and I did OK.    If you do it at the right time, then you can see the pollen fall onto the lower parts of the plants and (hopefully) get on the silks.   Or, you can take some of the tassel and rub it on the silks.


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2020-09-01 6:23:16 PM  
8 votes:
10'x5' in manhattan?

That's going to be the most expensive corn in history.
 
2020-09-01 6:51:08 PM  
7 votes:
Instead he should grow chile peppers and make a hot sauce from New York City.
 
2020-09-01 6:22:01 PM  
5 votes:
Great idea. He must live in a community where people respect the arts and science and will keep their hands off... Expect the cannabis seeds to start propagating in 3,2,1...
 
2020-09-01 7:05:39 PM  
4 votes:
FarkinNortherner:

We have two 8x4 raised beds out back which (in year one, not having grown veggies before) have produced more pumpkins, corn, basil, zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes than we know what to do with.

Most people eat those, but if you are brave enough...
 
2020-09-01 8:02:13 PM  
3 votes:
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2020-09-01 7:29:05 PM  
3 votes:
What a microfarm might look like:

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2020-09-01 11:52:39 PM  
2 votes:

DrBrownCow: dryknife: Instead he should grow chile peppers and make a hot sauce from New York City.

salsa.


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2020-09-01 8:55:38 PM  
2 votes:

DrBrownCow: dryknife: DrBrownCow: dryknife: Instead he should grow chile peppers and make a hot sauce from New York City.

salsa.

I stand corrected.

Just sayin'.   The point is the same really.  The city slicker version couldn't be spicy enough to satisfy a Texan


In my nano-garden on my fire escape in Brooklyn, i grew ghost peppers, carolina reapers, tomatillas, jalapenos, cilatro, and tomatoes. I made salsa that was to spicey for my Mexican wife and her friends (perfect for me).
 
2020-09-01 8:20:30 PM  
2 votes:

IRestoreFurniture: Okra is OK but leaves a weird greasy feel in your mouth.


Yeah, certain ways of cooking it seems to bring out the slime factor.    Generally, my very fresh okra (within a few days of picking) doesn't seem as prone to sliminess.    Compared to corn it's also packed with nutrition.

- If you simply cut okra into 1/2 inch slices and pan fry in very shallow oil until it has good color, then virtually all of the sliminess gets cooked off.  It doesn't absorb much oil either.

- One of the best ways to eat very fresh okra as a snack is to blanch it in boiling water for about a minute, and then just eat it right away.  Great fresh okra flavor.  Not slimy.  Dipping sauce or even soy sauce if desired.   It's super low in calories and high in fiber.

- Batter dipped whole okra is good.  I don't care for fried okra slices because a lot of the okra flavor is lost.

- I also pickle it whole with a few hot peppers and garlic.

- I make some Indian dishes, too.  Bindhi masala is a common.

OK, I'll stop before I become the Benjamin Bubba Blue of okra.
 
2020-09-01 7:02:50 PM  
2 votes:
"...he'll harvest sometime in the next two weeks "before the raccoons do."

I doubt it'll be raccoons that get to them before he does.
 
2020-09-01 6:55:55 PM  
2 votes:
Does he use homeless people and dog shiat as fertilizer?

/or is homeless shiat only a west coast problem?
 
2020-09-01 6:55:51 PM  
2 votes:

dryknife: Instead he should grow chile peppers and make a hot sauce from New York City.


salsa.
 
2020-09-01 9:35:05 PM  
1 vote:
How many millions in farm subsidies is he getting?
 
2020-09-01 8:31:04 PM  
1 vote:

LiberalConservative: amyldoanitrite: Hope he knows to hand pollenate the corn. Corn relies on wind for pollination, and you really need a pretty good sized plot to get ears with full kernels. The first and only time I tried my hand at growing corn, I didn't know this. My garden plot was slightly bigger than 10x5, and I only got about one family dinner's worth of decent ears. The rest had a few kernels here and there but were largely just empty cobs.

No. I grow corn every summer. My plots are one square metre and every stalk grows about 5-6' tall. Each stalk grows a large primary full ear, with an extra one or two ears that are fully developed but just shorter. Was a bit stunned how small the stalks in the article were, poor soil and/or lack of fertiliser it seems to me.


Well, um, lucky you?
 
2020-09-01 7:59:52 PM  
1 vote:
Should have used that plot to grow spaghetti. After asking a Montana farmer for advice.
 
2020-09-01 7:08:54 PM  
1 vote:

Kumana Wanalaia: DrBrownCow: albuquerquehalsey: Don't you need a certain number of row for self pollination to occur?

As mentioned above, it can be done by hand, and that isn't a big deal if it's just a hobby garden.   All I ever did was shake the stalks when the tassles and silks were both present and I did OK.    If you do it at the right time, then you can see the pollen fall onto the lower parts of the plants and (hopefully) get on the silks.   Or, you can take some of the tassel and rub it on the silks.

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Those birds and bees and flowers and trees know how to get down.
 
2020-09-01 6:50:51 PM  
1 vote:
People have been doing this in my Upper Manhattan neighborhood for many years but for some reason the New York Post has never sent reporters up here to cover it.  I wonder what could possibly be different about this guy. Hmm.
 
2020-09-01 6:48:48 PM  
1 vote:
I wonder if he's hand pollinating? Corn is usually a wind pollinated crop, but that works best in very large fields. The windward edge of a field may see poorer yields than the rest of the field.

My son has a little chaos garden going in the yard this year. It's got wildflowers, squash, and tomatoes. It's also sprouted a half dozen stalks of corn that were evidently seed that was left behind when the chicken pen was in that spot.

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