I planted pole beans on either side of my 6' corn stalks with the idea that they could use the stalk to cling to as they grew taller. Well, my corn is really getting ready to be pulled. The pole beans are rather close and this is what my real question is, once the corn is done, will it stop gathering nutrients from the soil and make a good support system or should I just pull the dissapointing crop now before the pole beans sprout?
Should I leave my corn in for my pole bean to cling to?
If your pole beans have not sprouted yet, and the corn is mature. I would remove the cornstalks. Most sweet corns have very weak stalks as they dry and fail to support beans well.
Although I'm not an expert, I had exactly that experience. What a mess, with toppled cornstalks and pole beans everywhere.
And "Howdy" to a fellow Tucsonan!
Hey there Jill. Its nice to see other desert people gardening, sometimes, I feel like I'm the only one.
Come visit the Southwest Forum, Growingup! We always love new "faces", and a nicer (if slightly zany) bunch of gardeners you'll never meet. Lots of good advice on how to garden in our wacked-out environment, and they're very nice to gardeners on the steep part of the learning curve!
Hope to see you there!