Growing Corn In Calgary?
I never thought I'd ever be considering this, but here goes.
My little veggie garden has to be rethought completely this year. I took in my mom's little shih tzu when she passed away last year. The little guy likes to pee all over my plants in the back yard.
He does no harm to my perennial gardens, but I sure don't want to have him let loose on my veggie garden :) LOL A small fence won't keep him out and I do have an underground sprinkler system, so I can only dig so deep. Thankfully all of my tomatoes and peppers are planted in nursery pails, so they're out of the line of fire.
I was thinking I might get creative this year and plant corn in that veggie patch. He's not very tall, so he won't be able to reach the corn cobs :)
At the community garden last year, I saw a gardener plant corn, beans and squash in a traditional native fashion. It's apparently a technique on maximizing space and shading roots at the same time. Pole beans grow up the corn plant, and squash leaves provide great ground cover.
Does anyone have any experience with this technique? Any advice on growing corn in Calgary? Is there a specific variety that would grow well in our short season? I only have a small space in my backyard veggie garden, but thought it might be worth trying a few plants.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
P.S. I've got pole beans planted along a trellis in another area of the yard, so got those covered. I think those will still be safe to grow, other than any that are right near the ground :)