The Corn Chronicles (Part 1)

So, you may or may not know that I’m a big gardener (as in my garden is big, not me) and this year, my big crops will be squashes (except zucchini, dammi!), tomatoes (tripled the number of plants this year) and corn.

I am a little obsessed with my corn. Every evening, rain or shine, I go outside to count the corn. As of last night, I had 52 corn plants. By this time next week, I will not have 52 plants, because some of them have to go. I do not have room for 52 full grown corns.

However, since I have 52 plants, and there are 26 letters in the alphabet, I decided that maybe they all need names starting with a different letter (26 boys & 26 girls). My father agreed wholeheartedly with this proposition, and so I have named one of my corns after him. (I have not named all of the others yet, but I can tell you the first 10 corns are named:

  1. Adam
  2. Brad
  3. Cody
  4. Darren
  5. Eric
  6. Fred
  7. Greg
  8. Howard
  9. Ichabod
  10. James

(Also, the first girl corn is Amy.)

Now, I thought that since I had named a corn after my father, he would probably want some updates on his little corn grandchild on a regular basis. And then I thought, why not share this information with the world? What could be more fascinating than a weekly slideshow of my corn? (Hey, Amalah did it. Admittedly, she used a fetus instead of a corn, but still….)

So here we are for corn update #1 – James:

James, as of last night, was 2.5 inches tall. He sleeps through the night now, and looks more like a blade of grass than the majestic corn stalk that he will become.

(My apologies for the poor photo quality – it was POURING.)

I know – the excitement never ends around here! (Let me know if you want me to name a corn after you – although no guarantees that your corn will make it through next week’s culling of the corn. James Corn will definitely get a pass.)

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