Today was a momentous day. I harvested the corn. It is such a sad time, as the stalks become such a prominent feature in the landscape for such a long time and then within a few moments, everything was different. But I guess that is the nature of a veggie garden, the view is constantly changing.
But not to dwell on the demise of a lovely outlook, it was a job that needed doing and needed doing today. The leaves were beginning to be overcome by rust, the disgusting corn ear worm was munching its way toward my precious kernels, and most importantly the corn was ready and delicious.
Late in October I sowed 60 seeds, and had to resow a couple of times to get the full 60 plants, and then they grew tall – but not without their dramas. I really need to come up with some serious windbreak solutions for next year as they were blown over a couple of times at a critical time for the pollen to fall from the tassels onto the silks.
A short burst of energy saw me tearing corn from the stalks, ripping the stalks from the ground and shaking my precious dirt back into the bed. I left a few stalks standing as the ears weren’t quite ready yet, which somehow look a little naked standing in the middle of a bed once full to bursting with a block of tall corn.
I filled a large bucket with ears of corn, and convinced The Joeyosaurus to help me shuck them. We put the peeled cobs into one bucket, the cob leaves into another bucket and the wonky ones off to the side. In the past most of the crop was made up of wonky ones and I would eat them with determination – every last kernel. I grew it – I will bloomin well eat it! These days most of the crop look like shop bought ones, only taste loads better, and the wonky ones got delivered to some greedy chickens. The bucket of cob leaves were given to some grateful goats who gobbled them up!
Then inside I got my largest pot and set a blanch, cool, dry , freeze production line as I could only fit six cobs in the pot at a time. I ended up with 54 cobs! We have already eaten eight and so that is a combined result of 62, not including the half dozen or so manky ones fed to the chickens and the five that are still hanging in there in the garden. What a result! I did a quick look at local store prices for corn and got roughly 80 cents a cob. So I have about $50 worth of corn in my freezer which is so much nicer than store bought.
That is one of the best things about growing your own veggies is you can go from garden to freezer in a matter of hours, providing a store of summer goodness for the cold winter days ahead all from the initial start of a $3 packet of seeds.
Come again soon – the harvest is the reward of all the hard work and we are being rewarded well!
Sarah the Gardener : o )