Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Corn Harvest....Ever!

This is my first time growing corn and although it seemed to be growing nicely, I didn't know when to harvest it.


Then I remembered that Kris at Georgia Home Garden had some great tips last year: How To Know When Corn is Ready to Harvest.

Using this information, I checked my largest two ears and found they were ready. It was the photo of the milky liquid that made me certain.



We ate them with dinner tonight and they were very good!!

18 comments:

  1. Not much is better than fresh corn from the garden. That looks like Silver Queen. My SQ has been hit with ear worms, little tiny black bugs and smut! I'm getting over half of each ear that's edible, and only have five or six ears left now. No problems on the earlier corn, so it looks like only early varieties in my future.

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    1. Yes, it is Silver Queen. So far these seem to be pretty much pest free except for some aphids that the "Ladies" are keeping in check.

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  2. Congratulations Rachel, that is some very good looking corn! Wouldn't you know it, I haven't logged in to my blog for two weeks and here you are giving me props on my corn post. It was perfect timing that I just happened to log in tonight. Thanks for sharing, that made my night that it helped you!

    How many ears do you think you will get? I agree with Granny that it looks like Silver Queen too. I have a 4x4 bed of Silver Queen that is almost ready and hopefully I can share my pics too.

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    1. You have been missed, Kris! Your post helped tremendously. I only planted about 20 plants and it is obvious that the ones that were spaced out more grew larger. I think I have a few more regular sized ears and about a dozen smaller ones on the stalks that are planted closer together. I'm not sure if these will size up.

      I am happy with whatever harvest I can get from these. It was a great learning experience. I know I will dedicate space in the garden for corn in the years to follow. Thanks again for your help and encouragement.

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  3. Rachel! Once again we're in the same stretch of gardening experiences. This is our first year with corn too. We've been wondering the same thing you expressed in this post. When is it right to harvest the corn, but we've not had much time to look into it. Thank you for this great post. Now I know! BTW, we're growing Silver Queen too.

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    1. I can't believe I have never grown corn before. I didn't even know where the ears would appear on the stalks.

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  4. great job on the corn! I love the feeling of accomplishment you get from the garden, don't you?

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    1. I tend to stick to things that I know grow well, but I had the seeds from Seeds of the Month Club so I decided to try growing corn. I am so glad I did.

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  5. Gorgeous corn and the tips are all tried and true. I have a patch that is getting near ready to have harvests start, but I am worried about whether my pollination was okay on them. Have not looked at any ears yet, but I will soon find out.

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    1. I am pretty sure that these two ears will be the Queens of my Silver Queen. The remaining corn doesn't look as large or as full. Even so, the experiment has encouraged me to try growing corn again. Next time I will dedicate more space, provide some support to the stalks, and fertilize more during the growing stage.

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  6. That looks really tender. I have never grown corn ever. Does a plant bear more than I corn cob?

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    1. I don't know much about growing corn but most of these have two ears per plant. Although I don't know if they all will mature.

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  7. Great first attempt! I'm just made my second attempt (with popcorn) and it was an improvement....still not 100% kernels though. Great results for you!

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  8. isn't it wonderful how you can get your questions answered so quickly? what a treat.

    (Hey, Sustainably Modern, I'd like to talk popcorn with you!)

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  9. Congratulations on the corn! I have not had the courage to try it yet and don't really have the space for it. I bet you have more corn in your future.

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  10. Whoohoo! I so love fresh corn. My husband quizzes me regularly on how much we have left. We had some last night and I think more is ready today. I hope so.

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  11. Oh yum, your corn did wonderfully ! Mine not so much but there's always next year. Congrats !

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