A while back I posted about our Three Sisters experiment and so far it has yielded several kilos of green beans and 11 Austrian oilseed pumpkins and there are about 15 other squash on the way, especially buttercup which is our favourite but a couple of others as well. They wont be ready for a few more weeks but right now we are getting into the second sister. Corn.Yesterday we picked 16 cobs which is about a third of what we expect to get from our tyres and we are pretty happy with the outcome. Settin aside for a moment the fact that it is utterly delicious sweet corn that looks perfect as well,the really satisfying bit is that we took a scrape over 1.9 KG of kernels from that lot, a bit over 100gm per cob. If we can keep that up we will see around 6KG of product; I can live with that, hell, I can nearly live ON that.

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Comment by Bridge Scully on February 7, 2011 at 1:34pm
Beauty harvest Earl!
Comment by Anja Richards on February 1, 2011 at 3:08am

I'm with you Earl - eagerly awaiting 22 things to do with corn

and low energy preservation - now that really gets me sitting up and paying attention

Also years ago I planted a few rows of corn, my partner at the time said he did not like corn on the cob however when he saw the kids and I fairly lapping up freshly steamed corn on the cob grinning from ear to ear he could not resist trying and has been an ardent fan ever since

Cheers Anja

Comment by Earl Mardle on January 26, 2011 at 4:22pm

Jacee. Exactly, there is very little to match that 2 minutes from plant to plate stuff. OK, 20 minutes, if you must.


On the other hand, I would LOVE to see your 22 things, how about a series here. I'm especially interested in non-energy-demanding preservation. Freezing is easy but if the power is off that can go in a heartbeat.

Comment by jacee on January 26, 2011 at 10:23am
the pop of FRESH perfectly ripe corn to the bite is unbelievable.  had some friends for diner and after i persuaded the 8 year old to try the corn raw, after he ate the first cob he asked if he could please have another just as you would ask for the last piece of chocolate cake on the plate. great! we planted 300 all at the same time...learned from that mistake! however, we have a freezer full and some seed and some for the chickens and we gave some away and i know have 22 things to do with corn if you get stuck!

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