The local method of planting corn in stations really saves some prep time.
Instead of tilling an area, you just take a string trimmer (or scythe or whatever may be your weed-clearing weapon of choice) and scalp the ground right down to the dirt.
Then knock loose holes in the ground about 2.5 feet apart and plant 4 kernels in each hole.
Feed with manure or chemical fertilizer.
In a few weeks, the corn will grow taller but the weeds you knocked down will also return. Come back with your string trimmer and knock all the space between the corn back to bare earth.
In a few more weeks, the corn will be tall enough to take care of itself and shade out the weeds. Eventually, you harvest the ears, then turn the ground over to growing something else.
It’s really an easy system. I just planted another patch this way as you can see in yesterday’s video. Thanks to Cheryl in Oklahoma for the seeds!
This method of planting corn can also be used in a pigeon pea/corn intercrop system like I wrote about here.
As I remark in the video, I’d really love to try this in a typical lawn back in Florida. Imagine doing this in the midst of an expanse of St. Augustine!
What great fun.