I must Cornfess

The red aztecs seemed to be taking a long time to do anything other than grow fat. Corntrary to my expectations, when I got back from my holiday in Australia, there were tassels on my corn! I was cornfounded!

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Red Aztec Corn

I have not been posting for a while because I somehow switched something on my camera so that photos were saved in NEF format not JPEG so it was beyond Mummy to open them. Phoodietravelogue came to the rescue and converted the photos and made them more beautiful, so I can post again!

Novice Gardener has slim red aztec corn (like her). We told her ours was very thick. I think it is as thick as my mountain bike wheel. Here it is:

Round 2 Corn!

We’re on a (corn)roll. Our second lot of seedlings grew very quickly, and before we knew it, they have produced:

Tassels on the right

And silks above!

See, the plants are much shorter than the previous 2 stalks. It has been raining a lot so I hope pollination can still take place.

My uncle sent me many different seeds from Eden Seeds in Australia! We have just sowed some popcorn. See this link. Doesn’t the cob look cute? My uncle also sent me some Red Aztec corn seeds – they look a bit scary!

Visit to the Novice Gardener’s Garden

Following from my visit to the Curious Gardener’s wonderful garden, today I finally managed to have some time in the Novice Gardener’s garden! This is what I did:

1. I admired the mulberry bush in the front garden which had a real, black mulberry on it. Imagine, that is the bush she keeps for the BIRDS! There is a human bush at the back. I don’t have a photo of the mulberry because I ate it with Mummy.

2. I admired her pumpkin vines which were all growing in 2 straight lines. Just like my class when we have to move from place to place.

3. Then I admired her pumpkins. There was the kaboucha (left) and a shy local pumpkin (right) and another local pumpkin, sunbathing itself (bottom):

4. Then I noticed Mummy was twitching and green so I looked at other plants like the peanuts. I forgot macro so the photo isn’t very nice, so I won’t post it. I also looked at her purple round eggplant that she kindly offered to let me harvest and bring home (Mummy said not to be greedy, so I didn’t), and then her mimi kangkong. It was a bit odd because she grew mimi on one side of the pot and not-mimi on the other. Her cotton plants have been attacked by mealy bugs. I wonder why?

5. I also admired her beautiful new wintermelon which has a proper wintermelon shape. Novice Gardener said it looked like her figure, so Mummy asked why ours did not look like Mummy’s figure but instead looks like The Big Sister and I. We look like lollipops.

6. Then as a special treat, I got to harvest the biggest local pumpkin! And Novice Gardener gave me some red okra seeds and a bunch of bananas for Mummy to make banana chiffon with! And a massive bunch of Thai basil which smelled very good in the car.

The only sad things about the visit were that Novice Gardener’s nephew was sleeping and couldn’t play (she tried to wake him but he was grouchy) and I got bitten by mosquitoes on my forehead and nose. Otherwise it was a Wonderful Time! Thank you, Novice Gardener!

Gardening Consultancy Follow Up Photos

My blog administrator’s trainer’s vegetable garden is doing very, very well. She is serious about watering and fertilizing.

Here is the kaboucha, with its huge leaves:

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the corn below left (a bit yellow though) and the luffa below right:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, here are the long beans. See how cleverly they linked the wire grids so that the long bean can go around the corner?

My Corn, My Coloured Corn!

Yesterday I harvested 2 ears of corn. Everyone has been arguing for the last 2 weeks as to whether the corn was ready for harvesting. Daddy said definitely, if we wanted young corn. Mummy said not really, the silks were not brown enough. Our helper said no, no, the corn was too skinny (like me). The Big Sister did not say anything. She probably did not notice we had corn.

Anyway I couldn’t wait any more. So yesterday I held the corn stalk in one hand, and the ear of corn in the other. I yanked the ear sharply and snapped it off!

When I peeled back the husks, I was surprised! The corn kernels were bi-coloured, yellow and white! We boiled one ear in a little salted water and shared the kernels. It was sweet and crunchy. I gave the other ear to Godma (she is very fond of corn).