A wonderful harvest of corn this year, thanks to the plentiful rain. I choose to grow corn ‘chieftain’ because I can buy seeds untreated. It’s also sweet and delicious. I sowed the seeds in early October in a grid-pattern (24 plants, six rows of four, in a bed 1.2m x 1.8m) so even in a smallish garden, it’s not impossible to fit it in. It does need a sunny spot however. I’ve been harvesting the cobs for a couple of weeks. Jim bunny and Dr. Harry the guinea pig love the leaves and husks. You can roast, barbecue or steam them on the cob. Or if you’ve got a few smaller cobs (often the secondary ones on a plant) you can cut off the kernels with a sharp knife and use them on pizza, in a soup or toss them in a self-crusting quiche. If you like zucchini fritters and beetroot fritters, you’ll love corn fritters.
The beetroot and double chocolate cupcakes were such a hit, I made an equally successful roasted tomato and beetroot soup last week. I also sowed more root crops this week – carrots, beetroots, radishes and turnips and weeded the ones I sowed a couple of weeks ago. Also time to sow some peas and broad beans, and lots of lettuces. The parsnips I sowed have been very slow to germinate so I may sow some more. The seed for parsnips deteriorates very quickly – it’s hardly worth keeping it year to year. I planted out kale, broccoli and cabbages and sowed some more.
Don’t leave your potatoes in the ground too long once the leaves have died down. They won’t grow any more and will quickly perish in the wet soil.