Monday, May 28, 2012

Corn Is Almost Ready

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I couldn't resist checking an ear of corn today out in the corn patch.  I knew it was getting close by the color and dryness of the silks.  The ear I checked has just a little more time to go.  The kernels were not fully formed all the way to the tip.  The fluid color was slightly milky, but still a little watery.  I guess I have about 7 to 10 days before it is fully ready and I can't wait.  This little gem still got plucked and went straight into a pot of boiling water.  Nothing like fresh corn.

17 comments:

Crafty Cristy said...

Awesome!! My corn is starting to look pretty close, too. Could you please post a picture of what the silks look like when it's time to harvest?

Ed said...

Now I'm really jealous! I'd love to have the room to grow corn like you. That ear looks great.

Kris said...

Cristy - I did a post last year on how to know when corn is ready to harvest.
http://georgiahomegarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/knowing-when-corn-is-ready-to-harvest.html

Look at the second and third pictures in that post as they are closeups taken of silks ready to harvest.

Ed - Thanks, my garden expansion project did give me a little breathing room to grow more corn, but you can grow corn in a 4x4 raised bed. Corn has its issues, but it is so fun to grow.

Jenny said...

Beautiful corn! I might pull out some of my brassicas and plant some and see if it works.

Kris said...

Thanks Jenny, I say go for it but keep in mind deer and raccoons love corn as much as we do.

Bernadine said...

I've also been known to pick things a little early but it's so hard not to. I'm enjoying the fresh from the garden to the dinner plate immensely. That corn looks appetizing even if it was a bit early.

Carol said...

It looks so good, I can eat that stuff til I pop! Carol

Crafty Cristy said...

Thanks for the link, Kris. I'll put it in my bookmarks page along with your post about hand pollinating corn. :)

Pearl said...

Had corn on the cob and ribs from the grill just last night. Love summer!

Greetings from Minneapolis!

Pearl

Kris said...

Greetings to you Pearl from Georgia. Corn and ribs is a great combination, I look forward to that meal myself a few times this summer.

Kris said...

Bernadine - This cob tasted great, it was sweet and crisp. I have eaten peaches and cream corn frozen in the freezer for a year and it is still super sweet. The only thing it loses is its crispness, but the taste is still great.

Carol - Me too, I have been known to eat 3 or 4 ears at a time.

Cristy - No problem, I am glad I could help. Let me know if you have any more questions.

kelli said...

looking good! i eat my local organic corn raw! i'm impatient.=)

Kris said...

Kelli that's great, how much does local organic corn sell for? It is pretty cheap in the grocery stores down here like 12 ears for $3.00, but it doesn't look near as good as the stuff I grow. I bet organic farm stuff would be better.

Farm Girl said...

Wow you have corn!!! It is so pretty. We do have corn planted but I was careful to not take pictures of it as it needs weeding so bad. :)
Our corn won't take off really well until the nights are at 60ish. Our nights are still down in the 50s so my corn is sort of limping along. We have planted 3 weekends in a row so the first row is about a foot high.
I will plant my pumpkins this weekend though. When I get it weeding I will post. You made me laugh.

Kris said...

Farm Girl - I can't wait to see pictures of your corn and your sunflowers.

kelli said...

kris, i get my corn from the organic csa i belong to (muth farm). i can't find local organic corn anywhere else and i try to avoid conventional corn as it may be gmo. it's expensive too for conventional, at a dozen for about 5-6 dollars. muth farm grows the best corn i've ever had but it's only available a few weeks in the summer. this year i'm trying to grow my own for the first time. so far they're growing pretty nicely, and i'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Kris said...

Thanks for the info Kello, good luck growing yours.