Protecting Sweet Corn Ears

Protecting Sweet Corn Ears


Music Hi, I’m Ed, a Master Gardener volunteer in
Santa Clara County California. Today we’re here at the Santa Clara County Master
Gardeners’ demonstration garden here in Cupertino’s McClellan Ranch Community
Garden. We’re here today to show you some protective measures against ground
squirrels or rats or other varmints that have plagued us here in our corn patch
in the past. We’re going to show you how we’ve protected this year’s crop from
the varmints using a net as well as a very simple sock to protect the ears of
corn. Here’s what can happen to your corn if you do not protect your corn from
rats or ground squirrels they can take over your whole crop your total corn
patch. Here’s how we put on the sock. After the
corn is pollinated gently slip on your sock. We decided to put a second layer of
defense — a fishing net over the whole corn patch. We have you have to be very
careful to put the whole net over the corn and then make sure the ends of the
net are firmly weighted around the grow box to make sure that none of the varmints have any kind of possibility to get in. Let’s take a look now you see how the
sock has protected our corn. Pull off the sock and take a look at the corn cob. All
the outer layers are intact. No varmints have gotten to this corn cob. To pick the corn pull it down give it a gentle twist and pull it from the corn stalk. Let’s look at the corn. Open up the corn. Pull down the outer layers. And here we are. A great looking corn cob full of kernels, ready to eat. Let’s look at the corn. Open up the corn. Pull down the outer layers. And here we are. A great looking corn cob full of kernels, ready to eat. Let’s look at the corn. Open up the corn. Pull down the outer layers. And here we are. A great looking corn cob full of kernels, ready to eat. You need to protect your growing
seedlings even against birds as well as the critters. We’re using the net
technique but we’re using a bird netting and bracing it with PVC pipe. Pull the netting over, again making sure that the net is flush against the grow box and
weighted down. You don’t need to use the PVC you can even use little sticks or
extra wood that you may have to hold up the net and then still do the same
thorough job pulling the net over and covering the net against the box. Sometimes the varmints get to the corn seedlings. In this case here they got through a little
hole so you need to be careful and make sure all of the net is down flat against
the grow box. That’s how you protect your corn. Thanks for joining us! Music by Kevin MacLeod Music

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