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By adamg on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:32pm
A homeowner on Summer Street in Hyde Park has replanted his or her front lawn with corn.
Amaizing sight in Roslindale.
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Common sight in my Dorchester
Common sight in my Dorchester neighborhood
IMHO - a much better sight than the standard yew bushes or dying-and-unused mini-lawn.
Do raccoons go after the corn? Just curious.
I have two rows of corn in my
I have two rows of corn in my front yard garden in Hyde Park.
Was that your house ...
I took a picture of today? :-).
Not quite my corner of the
Not quite my corner of the Park!
oh, you mean other people eat their landscapes, too?
I bet they even water that garden!
Give it a rest.
Give it a rest.
The drought is still there. Just be conservation minded and follow your local restrictions if any.
want me to stop at stop signs, too?
This is only my second comment on this topic in days. Funny that you need to recommend anyone else "give it a rest". Unless you're tired of fighting the urge to swoop in & advise the rest of us to do the obvious, aka follow local bylaws & codes?
Newsflash: many local plants are "drought tolerant" once established, however it takes consistent water supply - not nec. copious water - to develop the good root structure that contributes to tolerance of variable conditions. This includes corn.
Do you really think you're the only one who plants drought tolerant cultivars? Kind of an obvious point. See: just about any major marketing effort in the US hort industry over the last 20 years.
"Give it a rest", says the broken record
You're not exactly in a position to tell anyone else to "give it a rest", honestly.
Check your soil for lead
Check your soil for lead before you grow in the ground! My Roslindale condo has lead at astronomical levels (I'm at 1600 ppm where as recommended levels are 60 ppm). The part of the corn that you eat won't absorb the lead so that's a safe bet, but you wouldn't want to be eating any leaves (lettuce/kale/swiss chard/etc.). Also - inhaling the dust from the lead soil is no good either! You can lay a ground barrier and build a raised bed for safe growing.
You can test your soil through UMass Amherst: https://soiltest.umass.edu
I did some reading before
I did some reading before planting in my Somerville yard – lead doesn't make it to fruits, so beans, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash etc are generally safe. I'd think corn should be the same, though I didn't see it mentioned. Leaf crops are not OK, and root crops even more so.
Corn in the front yardsi
Well I noticed it just the other day and lifted my spirit immensely. We have been growing it many of the thirty years that we set roots in Hyde park. But we were shy backyard growers. If mr south street wants to expand his crop we got extra growing but in the back hell I might move some rose bushes And hrow me some long stocked yellow babies right there in the front yard. Any body raising. Chickens hereabouts? If the arboretum in JP can have goats for their landscaping needs , well. It just might be time for a 4-H club in Hyde Park!