Saturday, August 6, 2011

Corn Harvest Round 2 - Peaches and Cream

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This morning I noticed one of my corn plants was leaning to one side and upon inspection I realized it was the weight of the ear pulling it in the direction it was leaning. I was not expecting for this corn to be ready yet because it was only at 61 days since planting, but sure enough most of it was ready. I had to get it in gear this morning and prepare everything for freezing.  For more detail on how I prepare my corn for freezing see this post.

This batch came from one of my 4X8 raised beds that I planted 72 seeds spaced 10 inches apart. The total harvest this morning was 33 ears with a total weight of 16.40 pounds. I expect to get an additional 10 to 15 ears from what is left, but they will be the smaller runts of the group. I was hoping to get one ear per plant for a total of 70 ears, but it looks more like I will get 45 to 50 ears.

This was my second planting. I have a third planting that is about a foot tall, and I am going to experiment with ammonium nitrate fertilizer on it. I am hoping that this will create more explosive growth and more production of ears. I look forward to trying a few ears tonight with some BBQ ribs.

Here is my harvest basket full of peaches and cream corn.

Here are the ears right before I bagged them.

Nice little corn pyramid, 33 ears total.

Bagged, tagged, and ready for the freezer.


GrafixMuse said...

What a beautiful corn harvest. I am hoping to try growing corn next year.

Lya Sorano said...

Brilliant results, despite the lack of rain; you are lucky to have this harvest.

Kris said...

GrafixMuse - You will love growing corn, it is one of my favorites.

Lya - Thanks, wouldn't you know it. Not one hour after I pulled the corn stalks I harvested it rained for several hours.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

I didn't plant any corn this year, but was lucky to find some nice ones at the Farmers Market...they are so delicious this year..You have been blessed :o)

Kris said...

Gingerbread - I have been blessed this year, and I thank the Lord for it. Thanks.