Lend me your ears – learning about corn.

We had a great harvest of our “burm corn” this year… but I screwed it up. I was waiting for the ears to get bigger… I guess this “quick” variety doesn’t get too big. Eventually I did some research and found that you can tell ripeness by when the tassels go brown. And, I learned that if you don’t pick at peak ripeness… the corn will be super starchy and not so good. We only were able to eat a few ears. But I’m trying to try them out and then grind the kernels and make polenta. We’ll see.

First Tomato!

I’m not sure what type of tomatoes these are. I got the seedlings from a wonderful neighbor, Stasha. They are about the size of a quarter and bright orange. They are growing wonderfully and have excellent flavor. I will definitely grow them again next year.

Trying for a fall crop this year.

So I got everything in the ground earlier this spring. Which was nice. It lead to a heavy early harvest which is now tapering out… except for the squash, which I’m starting to get pretty sick of. So, I figured I’d try to do a fall harvest this year. But, I needed to get stuff in the ground just a little bit before I had the space. So I decided to start everything in little seed containers on the porch sills.

Brilliant idea. Poor execution. I didn’t realize how qickly they would germinate, grow, hit the top, and die/mold. Useful idea if executed better next year.

Round two seems to have been more successful:

I let them have a little more space and didn’t cover them, and most seemed to do better.

Fight the blight… among other things.

Its that time of year that powdery mildew is attaching my squash, wilt is going after my tomatoes, something is eating my brussel sprouts and broccolini, and I don’t know why my cucumbers are dying…

I’m using Bon Neem on the squash and cucumbers and some organic insecticide on the other stuff. And, I’m using anti-bug stuff on the tomatoes, as I think the issue is aphids. Keep watering. Keep fertilizing. Keep trimming..

Some of it works. Some, not so much. A rainy day would help…