Please do cast your gaze over our fine display of Sweetcorn this year. I think it's done a bit better than last years due to the windbreak we put up. As I've said many a times ~ it's a wind tunnel down at our lotties.
See how the tassels are going brown and drying up. That means it's almost party time!! I LOVE fresh sweetcorn, each little corn kernel pops so deliciously in the mouth, and they don't half live up to their name, ie. sweet. Yummy. Of course we have to wait until 2 are ripe and ready to go, or there will be a fight in the Gault kitchen, haha.
Underneath the corn we have 2 squash plants. We haven't had much luck with these or pumpkins in the past but this year Andrew was very vigilant and took on the role of baby maker! By that I mean he kept his eyes on the flowers and made sure that the female ones where fertilised by a male. All those botany lessons at school, finally have some use! And viola, we have 2 baby squashes this year! I guess we ought to name them. Super duper pleased about that, keeping my fingers crossed that they go full term and we get big fat juicy fruits. Ummm roasted squash.......
By the way, you can take that idea if you wish; growing the squashes under the corn. It was Andrew's genius that came up with that. It's a great use of space, well done Andrew x
Well that's all for now. I've burnt my blasted tongue with coffee and the phone is ringing too!
Later.....tongue better now thanks.
You know a good while back I did 'Focus on....' Fridays were I wrote about a plant in more detail. I may bring that back after reading this wee note on Wikipedia ~
The fruit of the sweet corn plant is the corn kernel, a type of fruit called a caryopsis. The ear is a collection of kernels on the cob. Because corn is a monocot, there is always an even number of rows of kernels. The ear is covered by tightly wrapped leaves called the husk. Silk is the name for the styles of the pistillate flowers, which emerge from the husk. The husk and silk are removed by hand, before boiling but not before roasting, in a process called husking or shucking.