[A couple of questions: Should I wait a few more weeks to mulch with straw? The weeds are starting to hurt my back, but I wanna make sure the ground is well warmed before mulching.
And, I have the cucumbers (bush spacemaster) and melons planted inside those old tomato cages. What is the maximum number of plants I should grow inside each cage?
And, when the peas and spinach peter out, I was planning on planting corn there. What's the latest I can plant corn? Any suggestion as to which variety? (I've never grown corn before)]
The ground warms so early here, I just mulch as soon as I'm ready to do so. For lots of things I only mulch the perimeter to keep the weeks from encroaching so that doesn't really affect the soil temperature in the planting areas which are easily weeded with minimal effort.
My inclination would be to plant thee cucumber seeds per cage and then thin to the two strongest plants. Any more and you will have such a jungle on your cages that it will be hard to find the cucumbers. Heck, if you get six healthy cucumber vines, then you will be giving away cucumbers by the basket full. For succession planting following peas and spinach, I go ahead and plant the corn for example right beside or mixed in with the other plants. By the time the corn starts getting any size, the other crops will be finished. The peas will even give the corn a bit of nitrogen. I don't particularly care for the triple sweet varieties of corn. I love silver queen and the past couple of years have also planted Double Delicious (SE).
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.