"Egads! What are these tall, healthy-looking plants surrounded by bare earth? They must be an invavise species, intent on destroying all other plantlife! I must pull them up posthaste!!!'
And that was the end of our corn. And also of a self-sown melon plant.
Ah well, we'll try again, this time putting stakes and other types of protection/markers to indicate that these plants should really be allowed to live.
Our idea of direct sowing into the lasagna bed (a bed made up of layers unripe compost and dry vegetal matter, topped with soil) did not work. One is supposed to transplant into the bed, but because we had nothing to transplant we tried seeds. No luck. We'll plant flowers and things from the nursery for now and maybe add in seedlings as we have them (if we do) for this year. The bed needs to be planted and mulched so the layers don't collapse.
We have a lot to learn.
* It might have been the gardener or one of the two garbage collectors that our landlady sometimes pays to clean up around the front of the building.