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@EdieJ
How was your corn on the cob??? :)
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Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:28 pm

@worth1 It was delicious! Sweet and tender. Can't ask for better than that. I will be putting some up in the freezer this weekend. Winter eating at its best!
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Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:51 pm

Went out and chopped the tomato plants to the stumps.
Experiment over.
The silver queen corn now has enough light to grow.
So do the peas.
The other "mystery Mexican corn" is measured over 8 feet tall.
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Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:00 pm

Putting up corn this afternoon. Only 18 ears but it will fill a couple of freezer bags. There is still more coming on but you have to harvest when it's ready, you can't tell it to wait a few days for the rest to catch up! I had a Southern Living magazine from a couple of months ago I hadn't gotten around to reading until this morning. Well, lo & behold there was a whole article about corn. One of the bottom-of-the-page blurbs gave the suggestion to run your corn cobs after you cut the kernels off over the fine holes of a grater. I tried it and now I have a beautiful batch of "corn milk." I'm going to freeze it for making soup this winter.
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Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:09 pm

Worth, I used cobs in the past to make corn stock for corn soup. I found if I scraped the cobs too much, the harder pieces of the cob that divide the kernels get into to it and wasn't pleasant to eat. I will be interested if you have a problem with that. I started using just a soup spoon to scrape the cob after I cooked or blanched it and cut the corn off, and it would get the milk out and what was left of the tender kernels without getting much of the other stuff. Once cooked down quite a bit it made a surprisingly flavorful, sweet stock. I piled those used cobs right up in a pot and simmered for a couple of hours, then scraped them and tossed them and cooked down the remaining liquid. It can be really good.

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Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:56 pm

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I grew this crazy corn for driveway shock effect.
People driving by thinking what the devil is that. :lol:
I still don't think I'll get one ear from this stuff.
My prediction is it will get so tall I won't be able to keep it standing.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:40 pm

@worth1 even so, it will make an impressive Halloween-to-Thanksgiving corn shock decoration! People pay BIG bucks for stuff like that. We're going to chop ours down once everything is harvested and spread it out to dry for fall. I want to plant turnips there this fall.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:23 pm

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If I had your space I would plant rutabegga too.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:50 pm

I’m looking for advice on how to know when the corn is ready to be picked. I think I read in this thread that the ear should be almost perpendicular to the stalk and the tip is rounded, not pointed. Here are some pictures of one ear I harvested,
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I planted the corn on May 25th. The maturity is 71 days. That’s about 62 days thus far so I need to wait at least 9 more days I think.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:11 pm

@ponyexpress I would not wait 9 days, by then the sugars will be turning to starch. Actually, my Dad would say you harvested at the right time, my Mom would tease him about eating blisters 😅. But I would think 3 days more at most.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:55 pm

It looks ready to me.
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Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:09 am

Well, disaster struck last night. Bad overnight storm/wind knocked down and twisted most of the stalks. DH is going to go out in a bit to see what he can salvage. The saving grace is that it happened now when we've already harvested a bunch and most of what was left we were going to pull today to put up. A month ago and we would have lost everything. 😮
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Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:34 am

I have to prop my corn up every day.
No tassels in sight.
Looks crazy.
What ever it is it needs solid soil to grow in.
Other corn growing nicely.
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Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:48 am

Well... We thought it was from the storm. Nope, the daggoned raccoons used the cover of the storm's noise to totally decimate it. Ate EVERY blasted ear. 😠👿😠👿
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Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:44 pm

Sideways
9 feet 6 inches. :shock:
Click view and it will be upright.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:37 pm

@worth1 have you been singing that song "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" to it? It sure looks at least as high as an elephant's eye!!
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:51 pm

EdieJ wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:37 pm
@worth1 have you been singing that song "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" to it? It sure looks at least as high as an elephant's eye!!
It is as high as an elephants eye. :lol:
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:41 pm

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Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:09 pm
Worth, I used cobs in the past to make corn stock for corn soup. I found if I scraped the cobs too much, the harder pieces of the cob that divide the kernels get into to it and wasn't pleasant to eat. I will be interested if you have a problem with that. I started using just a soup spoon to scrape the cob after I cooked or blanched it and cut the corn off, and it would get the milk out and what was left of the tender kernels without getting much of the other stuff. Once cooked down quite a bit it made a surprisingly flavorful, sweet stock. I piled those used cobs right up in a pot and simmered for a couple of hours, then scraped them and tossed them and cooked down the remaining liquid. It can be really good.
Sue, I've never tried scraping cooked cobs but works well with raw cobs. Just did 88 ears for cream style. Used an old Lee's cutter which has whole kernel or creamed options. Went around the ear first to take most of the kernels off and then again to force out more juice. It's designed to not get any part of the cob, just scrape it. Did 60 ears with the scraper and 28 with the cutter. Scraper used on the 28 cobs to get more juice.

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Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:53 pm

ponyexpress wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:50 pm
I’m looking for advice on how to know when the corn is ready to be picked. I think I read in this thread that the ear should be almost perpendicular to the stalk and the tip is rounded, not pointed. Here are some pictures of one ear I harvested,

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I planted the corn on May 25th. The maturity is 71 days. That’s about 62 days thus far so I need to wait at least 9 more days I think.
Pony, your corn is ready to eat. First indication is drying and brown silk. Second is how the husk is filled out. You should learn that in a hurry. Squeeze an ear and there should not be any give. The husks are designed to just cover the ear when it is full size and no more. You will quickly be proficient by experience.

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Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:28 pm

Paquebot wrote:
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Squeeze an ear and there should not be any give. The husks are designed to just cover the ear when it is full size and no more. You will quickly be proficient by experience.
Good to know. I think each stalk has two ears. The one on top and on the bottom. Do they both ripen at the same time? I find the bottom one tend to be smaller and not as full as the top one. Is that the case for most corn?
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