Transplanting corn?! In a high tunnel?!?! WHAT?!

We are in Green Bay, WI and sometimes spring weather lasts too long for us to get two turns of corn, especially in our 2.5 acre. We have some early-mid season soggy patches that don’t get full day access to light so we are trying to creatively better utilize that 90’x40′ field. After some research, we came across a SARE grant project of a farmer in Vermont who had started sweet corn in 1020 flats of 72’s and 98’s, then transplanted the starts at the ideal row spacing.

Fascinating. Watch the video of Ben describing our process.

Our seeds germinated in 3 days and were transplanting in the HH, bc the field wasn’t ready to get worked up, at day 19 (April 18).

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Germinated on Day 3

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Transplanted plants at 10″ apart, rows 18″ apart

By: Amanda Chu, Bounty Garden Manager

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Getting ready for 2016.

We have got big plans this year. Bounty Garden is focusing on more ways we can FEED THE PEOPLE and to grow that much food, it takes a lot of intentional time and effort in the spring to prepare for planting and seeding. This year there are about 18 students who are discovering what spring prep is all about in our Spring Garden Management class.

See our plan in the tiered fields: 2016 Student Garden Layout

NWTC’s Bounty Garden is in it’s 4th season, and not only has it been growing food organically, it has also been a very organic process. The past couple years, we have been focused on the education piece of the farm and now that some groundwork has been laid, we’re able to put more time into developing our produce capacity and marketing outlets. So, look for us a the OnBroadway, Wednesday night Farmers’ Market.

We hope to have some students post their experiences and pictures here, so readers can hear the many voices that contribute to Bounty Garden’s success.

 

  • By: Amanda Chu, Bounty Garden Manager