Corn Chronicles (Part II)

It’s time for the weekly corn chronicles – and this week, we discover who made the cut & who didn’t. (It’s all American Idol style. Or maybe reverse Biggest Loser style – biggest grower! Who will wear the corn silk crown first??)

After hearing your requests last week, I went ahead & named all the corns.  I had 55 corn plants. The first 52 all had alphabetical names (26 boys then 26 girls). The last three were named: Beer, Gin and Wine. 🙂

So, let’s go to the pictures (unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the last three rows, and they mysteriously disappeared from my camera!

Adam, Brad, Cody, Darwin, Eric, Fred, Greg & Howard

Adam, Brad, Cody, Darwin, Eric, Fred, Greg & Howard

Row 2: Ichabod, James, Kevin, Larry, Mike, Nevil & Odin

Row 2: Ichabod, James, Kevin, Larry, Mike, Nevil & Odin

Row 3: Peter, Quentin, Robert, Steve, Terry, Ullyses, Victor, Walter & Xava

Row 3: Peter, Quentin, Robert, Steve, Terry, Ullyses, Victor, Walter & Xava

Row 4: Yuri, Zachary, Amy, Barb, Carrie, Daphne, Erika, Francine

Row 4: Yuri, Zachary, Amy, Barb, Carrie, Daphne, Erika, Francine

Row 5: Greta, Havi, Isabelle, Jackie, Kelly, Lisa, Meredith

Row 6: Nora, Ophelia, Petra, Quentina, Roberta, Sarah, Tina

Row 7: Ursula, Veronica, Wilhelmina, Yvonne, Zara, Beer, Gin & Wine

After carefully evaluating each for its distance from the other corns (a minimum of 8 inches from its neighbors was required) and its size, I had to cull the corn. I am left now, with only 30 corn plants – and there are two corns (Veronica & Wilhelmina, I believe) that will be battling it out for the one remaining spot!

The remaining corns:

From right to left, bottom to top (Im quirky): Brad, Darwin, Greg, Ichabod, James, larry, Nevil, Robert, Ulysses, Victor, Xava, Yuri, Amy, Carrie, Daphne, Francine, Greta, Havi, Isabelle, Kelly, Meredith, Nora, Petra, Roberta, Meredith, Veronica, Wilhelmina, Yvonne, Zara & Gin.

From right to left, bottom to top (I’m quirky):

Row 1: Brad, Darwin, Greg
Row 2: Ichabod, James, Larry, Nevil
Row 3: Robert, Ulysses, Victor, Xava
Row 4: Yuri, Amy, Carrie, Daphne, Francine
Row 5: Greta, Havi, Isabelle, Kelly, Meredith
Row 6: Nora, Petra, Roberta, Meredith
Row 7: Veronica, Wilhelmina, Yvonne, Zara & Gin.

They are an average of 4 inches tall this week (at least the ones I kept are), and have learned their first word: “No!”

In other garden news, after the initial despair, I now have 10 zucchini plants growing, and am loathe to pull any up because I begged them to grow so much! I hope all my local peeps like zucchini. My early pea crop is blooming, and we are eating fresh spinach & lettuce almost every night! The radishes are nearly done for the year already (although I may replant in early fall).

By this time next week, my garden will be 100% planted. (Unless I decide the brussels sprouts are a lost cause & plant something else in that row – any ideas? What do you/would you grow?)

9 responses to “Corn Chronicles (Part II)

  1. You’re amazing! Can’t wait to check out the garden in person in a few weeks! 🙂

  2. your garden looks great! i’ve wanted to grow a lantern fruit shrub?plant?tree? but that’s probably not a garden item. i love stir fried pea shoots, so if i had a green thumb, i would probably plant a carpet of those suckers.

  3. Pumpkins!

  4. Your garden is huge. It’s georgeous. Jelous.

  5. Holy cow that’s a lot of corn!

    You are the gardener inspiration!

  6. brussell sprouts are kind of tough. i think they perenialize, so you don’t get much out of the first year. the aren’t a particularly pretty plant to grow either. I would go with some bush beans instead.

    Corn is looking great! I’m hoping to finish planting out my garden this weekend too. I still have to get my corn in the ground, and a few other viney things like canteloupe.

  7. you are hilarious! i must have missed the post where you decided to name the corn, but that is some funny stuff.

  8. I am in love with the corn, and the garden. . . and the promise of zucchini! Gosh I’m a mooch. Living vicariously through your garden – you might have to charge me admission.

  9. Oh YAY – I made the corn cut!!! Row 5, Corn 5 – that’s a FABULOUS position! A perfect square. We are so going to grow! Wait – except I’m also Row 6, Corn 4?? Did I clone myself already? I’m the baddest ass corn in the garden!! (I am a trifle concerned, though, that Odin Corn didn’t make it. Odin, ye olde Norse god, may send his ravens to check the situation – and baaaad things can happen to corn – even fabulous Meredith Corn when big, scary smart birds come swooping in!)

    I’m thinking it’s probably a good thing I don’t have a garden of my own.