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First crop of corn for the year and some other garden updates.

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Comment by Doug Hanning on December 6, 2020 at 19:56
I vote peculiar!
Comment by Doug Hanning on December 6, 2020 at 19:56
I vote peculiar!
Comment by Dave Riley on December 6, 2020 at 18:13
Funny 'ha ha' or funny 'peculiar?'
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 6, 2020 at 16:48
I still think that I am the funniest man I know.
Comment by Dave Riley on December 5, 2020 at 14:44
Yes, Jeff, I should have mentioned that.Grow your corn to flowering one species at a time. Although corn to corn is sometimes pollinating problematical -- thus the close group planting -- it is still prone to cross-fertilisation.
You can get a good range of corn seed from:
*Boondie Seeds
https://www.boondieseeds.com.au/collections/corn
*The Lost Seed
https://www.thelostseed.com.au/corn/
*Eden Seeds
https://www.edenseeds.com.au/?name=Category-Detail-Seeds&catego...
Note that they divide their corn into Maize, Sweet Corn and Popping.

The Lost Seed is the most expensive.

We're having more of my pumpkin (Hokkaido) and corn grits for dinner tonight with a chorizo 'sauce'topic -- made according to Andrew's perspective. I find 'grits'/polenta takes up spices easily so it isn't just mash or porridge.
Comment by Ron Hyde on December 5, 2020 at 14:22
Hi Andrew, doing something I can't work out how to attach any pics
Comment by Ron Hyde on December 5, 2020 at 14:21
Hi Andrew
Just checked out your video on your latest garden update, noticed you mentioned you have been struggling growing anything other then cherry tomatoes, when we catch up in January I will give you some seeds of some Black Russians which you can grow during Autumn/Winter at your place, I keep the seeds from my best Black Russian each year for planting the next, I am going to try and add a photo from this years stud tomatoe
Ron
Comment by Jeff Kiehne on December 5, 2020 at 6:41
Dent or Field Corn that will cross pollinate with sweet corn and the sweet corn may turn out not sweet if live close by.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 4, 2020 at 22:41
The corn was just Bunnings sweet corn seedlings Dave. Bloody good and quite productive, even feeding the possum. I'm going to dry some for seed and make Andy Sweet Corn and so cut the middle multi-national out of the loop next year.
On the issue getting between My Rozie and fresh, home grown cobs of corn, I will just say this. "You come and try it. I'll video the resulting action. When that goes viral, I will pay you 30% of the profilts. We can both afford to build 10,000 sqm farms in Hastings Street at Noosa. No, I still won't be able to afford to pay the medical bills for the damage she does to you. But, at our age, those bits don't get much use anyway."
Comment by Dave Riley on December 4, 2020 at 22:26
FYI: re corn.
I usually grow Balinese type sweet corn. Does well here.
Recently, I had a hankering for some polenta which i could not find on the supermarket shelves.
It should have been there, but not for Dave's eyes.
This went on for some time until I started reading about Grits -- as in making your own. So I emptied some accumulated popping corn into my grinder and whizzed my own polenta aka grits.
I much prefer my freshly grounds grits to store bought polenta. This discovery has encouraged me to start planting corn with this in mind. What you need is 'Dent' or Field Corn or one of the heritage varieties that have an American Indian vintage...or plant pop corn. Hopi corn for instance.
Since corn is so productive here and you get so much per growing space, grinding your own for grits or polenta makes sense. Grinding for corn flour, on the other hand, while feasible, presumes from my POV you also slake the corn in lime -- Nixtamalization.
Tastier and better for you as well as more tortilla compliant.
Just saying: growing your own cereal is kitchen friendly sometimes.

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