Monday, July 9, 2012

Eye-High by the 4th of July

We took the old saying “knee high by the 4th of July” and made our own memory out of it!  I looked eye to eye (and even had to look up at some stalks) on the 4th of July this year.  We have a block of about 40 stalks and the corn continues to grow, grow and grow some more.  It is the first thing people comment on when looking out into the garden.  Our long trip to the cabin had us spending a few days away from peering into the garden multiple times a day.  When we returned the corn was at least 6 inches taller and had grown “tassels”.  We were told that the tassels grow from the tops, spread the seeds and are needed to cross pollinate the other stalks, and in no time we would see ears of corn growing.

After fertilizing, weeding, and sprinkler rotation, Brent and I walked around and looked at each plant a little bit closer.  When we got to the corn…

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Silk!  A sign that the ear is coming.  You can feel a small ear in the works and we are anxious to watch it get bigger…Brent is even more anxious to eat it up! 

Here is a look back at the corn as it has grown, along with dates to show just how fast this season has been.

May 22, 2012
At this point we were barely able to tell the difference
between a stalk of corn and a blade of grass.
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June 11, 2012
Very evident that we have hearty corn stalks coming in. 
It was already “knee high” on Mallory.
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As tall as Mallory (and then some) on July 1, 2012.
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8 days later on July 9, 2012. As tall as me (over 5 feet in some places). The corn tassels peaked and quickly sprouted silk showing us that ears are coming!  The corn grew over 14 inches in just 8 days!
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Growth over the course of time.  A little over a month and it grew almost 5 feet.  Amazing to watch and hopefully (in just a few weeks) delicious to eat!

Another garden view taken just three weeks apart.
June 16, 2012 and July 9, 2012
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