Planting corn

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Sometimes people look a bit puzzled at some of the fruit and vegetable we plant in our garden. Last years’ talking point and eyebrow raising plant was corn. We had a very surprisingly good crop of corn in the garden. We did plant it more as an experiment than anything else, not really expecting too much produce from the plants. But, to our surprise and likely due to some very nice weather, we had quite a few corns on the cob from our own backyard. The boys loved these and were a little sad then the season was over.

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This year we are trying a few new types and colors to change it up a little. It is always so appealing with new and different colors on the food, so we are hoping for a good crop again this year and hoping that they will be well received by the boys this time too.

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We are planting glass gem corn and sugar sweet corn this year. The seeds have been germinated inside in the windowsill in some wet paper towels. They are now sprouting well and have gone outside in their growing site today.

 

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The glass gem corn is a flour corn, not one to eat off the cob. So we will have to attempt drying it and making it into flour. The sugar sweet corn is a normal type of corn that we and the boys hopefully will be able to enjoy with some good Summer barbecues.

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Based on last year’s experience, we are planting the corn in a fairly sheltered, yet sunny area. The corn needs a little bit of air movement to pollinate the corn seeds that make up the corn on the cob. Else, they will not grow and you get a cob with no proper corn on it. You can easily help the corn with the process by picking the male pollinating seeds and putting them onto the hairy female flowers. It may sound slightly weird, but when you see it, it is very obvious. The female flowers have a pretty little pony tail hanging from where the cob is forming, and the male flower gets large pollen seeds that you can pick with your fingers. A little bit of wind will do a lot to assist, which is why the plants should be planted fairly densely. They also grow pretty tall, so ensure they are not planted in a space where they will block the sun from smaller plants.

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