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Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2018 at 7:27am

I love sunflowers. I have a few "volunteers" in my garden. My farm kids used to grow and sell them--not now.

Speaking of them, they continue to struggle with making ends meet. They're forced to cut back on their operation. They'll most likely stop CSA sales. The cost of boxing up individual orders and delivering them is not profitable. Plus, people would rather buy cheap from the chain stores who are now delivering to their doors. Bottom line: things look bleak. So sad and depressing. Silverthornfarm.com (and on Facebook)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2018 at 1:44pm

This is a commercial production; I like sunflowers in my gardens, especially with varied varieties. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2018 at 3:11am

There used to be a corn called Kandy Kane that had a pencil-thin cob; it could be blanched and packaged for freezing on the cob. It was a delicious, sweet variety. For some reason, that variety stopped being distributed and I can find no company that supplies it.  If anyone finds it, let me know!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2018 at 7:09am

I'm with you, Daniel: I avoid the issues that upset me here at A/N. I want to live out the rest of my life in serenity and happiness. I'll let others fight the battles. (Don't tell Loren!)

Regarding sweet corn: I both boil it and/or nuke it for several minutes (at lest 5), rapidly cool it in ice water. I have a cutting board with a nail sticking up where I insert the cob. It's in a large plastic container. I use a knife to cut off the kernels, then bag it and freeze. There are other methods, but this works best for me. I don't like freezing the entire corn cob. Takes up too much room.

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 18, 2018 at 9:50am

Randy thank you!  I missed you and the other people who write to this group.  You are the only ones who I have to talk about gardening, and I'm very happy it's among nontheist people.

I was having a rough time last winter and the political aspects of Nexus were too much for me.  I have learned to avoid those.

I don't know what to do with extra sweet corn!  Freeze it?  I sort of remember, it freezes better if blanched?

Spud, your weather this summer sounds like mine.  On some days, gardening feels more like a chore than a joy.  That is days when I'm out watering for an hour in the hot sun at 100F.  However, yesterday was cooler and much more enjoyable. 

A few years ago, I wanted to grow historic varieties of bearded irises, and set up raised beds for them.   These tough, resilient plants basically rotted, with fungal and bacterial diseases.  I gave up on them, and last year planted the remaining plants at the border of our woodlot.  There they flourished, now very lush and strong.  Meanwhile, I had raised the level of the beds another foot and added that much soil on top of the dying iris plants.  They grow through the foot of soil, and look good.  So I have been replanting in a different bed, where I had sweetcorn 3 years ago then left fallow.  We'll see how they do.

I love looking at bearded irises in bloom.  They are tough resilient plants.  Deer dont eat them.  I guess I was killing them with kindness.  The only risk is, this area is on an easement, so at some point the spot could be turned into a road.  I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

These are two types of Romas.  The smaller one is called "Ranger".  The larger one was grown from Burpee seeds, called "Big Mama".  I think the Ranger was more productive.  Both went into tomato sauce.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2018 at 7:08am

So glad you've returned to A/N, "Loam"! I enjoy your photos and comments.

I have so much sweet corn, I don't know what to do. Sharing with neighbors is one thing. My freezer is full.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2018 at 7:07am

I plant corn in bunches also.  Planted them a month or more late this year, but they're 4 foot high, so I may get some if the cold weather doesn't come early.  They're an old fashioned kind that is not sweet.  I like the taste of those better than the sweet varieties.

Weather here has been in the 90s all summer, sometimes over 100 F.   No rain.

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 17, 2018 at 10:08pm

Speaking of sweetcorn, this is today.  The cultivar is "Trinity".  I don't know why they called it that, but maybe it was so good someone said, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, this is good!"

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 17, 2018 at 9:17pm

Spud, thanks for the advice.  Yellow jackets have been a plague this year!  I always tolerated them, but this year they stung me many times, stung my puppy, and destroyed my summer fig crop.  I've put out many water traps.   Maybe it's time for some Pine Sol too.

Joan, great info on sweet corn.  You and I have a challenge with that crop, although more for you than for me.  Sweet Corn originated in Mexico, and although it's evolved and been modified for thousands of years, it's still not quite an easy crop for our shorter summer, cooler spring, cooler nights.  I do plant in blocks - usually about 5 feet by 5 feet, rows about 1 foot apart, plants about 1 foot apart, so 25 plants in a block.  i plant a block about every 2 weeks from May to the end of June.  This year I have 5 blocks.  The first is eaten, and I'm midway through the second.  The last looks punky - too short - but I knew I was pushing it, and this summer has been a scorcher for the young plants.

Some zinnias.  The little ones are the size of marigolds, but I think they look nicer.

Some more, bigger zinnias.  Still the best annual as far as heat tolerance, deer don't eat them, and blooming power.  Geraniums would be as good, but fewer colors and harder to grow from seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 17, 2018 at 1:20pm

The wonder of nature in a corn cob. The lesson here for the small gardener is to plant corn in patches, not long rows so that the pollen from one plant has the opportunity to receive pollen from neighboring corn plants because of the work of wind or insects.

 

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