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Paisley Plant of the Week: Bonus Corn

Paisley Plant of the Week: Bonus Corn

This plant is so paisley…it’s dripping paisley!

Corn.

Sounds boring, right? Not so!

Bonus Corn!

Bonus corn is a hybrid that produces those little corns that are so delicious in stir-fry. Each ear is 4-6 inches long and the entire ear is edible, no need to slice it off of the cob. My wise son just told me to tell you, you do still have to peel it. He was worried you might try to eat it peel and all. Thanks Jonners.

Growing Bonus corn is also fun. It emerges quickly. I chit mine, but it probably isn’t necessary. I just got in the habit of doing the corn along with my beans and peas. It may give me a little jump on my seeds, I dunno.

Bonus corn grows to a height of 5′. Here’s something different (and paisley) about Bonus corn, each stalk produces 4-5 ears! That’s cool. I also grow Country Gentleman, a standard shoepeg variety, you only get one ear per stalk with that. So 4-5 little ears are super cool, and paisley!

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Stuff You Missed in Botany: Book Review

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Book Review

My stuff you missed is not a Botany term at all, but rather, a book review.

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

I’m recommending this book to everyone, not just those with kids. In truth, I use it more than my kids, or at least as much as they do.

Inside Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

The book is The Handbook of Nature Studyby Anna Botsford Comstock. It was written in 1911 with a rewrite in 1931. Either version is great, but I prefer the 1911 personally. This book has a thousand things to learn about that you’ve always wanted to know, and another thousand that you didn’t even know you wanted to know.

So, here’s how we used it this week.

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Planting Three Sisters

Planting Three Sisters

Earlier this week I talked about the practice of burying a fish with your crops as a natural fertilizer. This started me thinking of other long used methods of farming that I may have been overlooking. A little digging brought to surface another ancient gem that I had completely forgotten about.

It is the Three Sisters that I am interested in today. The sisters, corn, beans and squash are grown together in symbiotic bliss.

Bonus Corn. Those adorable baby corns for stir fry!

I had planned to make 10 bean and pea tipi’s in several places in the garden, but I’ve had an anomaly this year that has prompted the need for other plantings as well. I started four kinds of beans and three kinds of peas in anticipation of my tipi structures. Usually I have about 75-80% germination so I over start to get all I need. This year I have had very near 100% germination. I’m loathe to toss a plant that is healthy and really wants to grow, so what am I to do?

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