Austin Urban Gardens

Raised Bed Gardening and Eating Well in Austin, Texas

My First Garden Corn! July 1, 2010

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For those of you who follow my little adventures, you know how excited I was to rip out my horrible landscaping (Nandina) and plant corn.  I’ve been so hopeful all along that the corn would make it, but for the last couple of weeks, it seemed to stop its progressive growth.  Yesterday a couple of the stalks fell over.  Was it from the weight of the corn?  Was it a sign that the plants were done?  The corn cobs seemed smallish.  After a day of errands, my friend Christian stopped by to chat about the day’s events.  When time came for him to leave to pick up Jaime, I said come back for a glass of wine and we’ll have happy hour.  I really just wanted support for what was about to happen, the plucking of the corn.  I had no idea if there would be kernals or not, worms or not, or just not anything.

So, I plucked a corn cob.

My first corn!

While not the monumental, lengthy grocery corn of my youth, I found it to be perfect, and wormless.  So, with company coming back, I wanted to celebrate my corn, so I scraped it off the cob, picked a ripe jalapeno, and took a ripe Celebrity from the window, and sauteed them together.

Corn, Garden tomato, and garden pepper

MMM, garden corn

The end result, was amazing to me, topped with shaved Sand Creek Farm Monterrey Jack.  I over peppered it for one of my guests.  Sorry C!  I didn’t know.

Final corn tasting

I have planted 40 corn seeds in the 5 x 5 garden I’ve dedicated to Three Sisters Gardening.   The corn I planted is different, but from Buck Moore Feed, so I’m sure it is corn that grows well here.  I’m excited for more corn adventures.  I picked some more and another tomato to boot!

this evening's harvest


Native American Three Sisters Garden June 19, 2010

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I had heard about the Three Sisters Garden practice, but didn’t know much about it until I recently found these seeds from Renee’s Garden, at Callahans.  The packet contains equal parts Earth-Tones Dent Corn, Rattlesnake Beans, and Sugar Pie Pumpkins.  This is what it says:

“According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash/pumpkins are inseparable sisters; precious gifts from the Great Spirit.  The tradition of interplanting them in the same mounds is actually a sophisticated, sustainable system providing long-term soil fertility and healthy harvests.”   You plant the corn first, which provides natural poles for the beans to climb.  You then plant the pumpkins which cover the ground and act as mulch, and shade out the weeds.

I don’t currently have room for this, because you need three 10 foot rows, each 5 feet apart.  But I’d like to plant a Three Sisters Garden at some point.

Renee's Garden Seeds


Corn Update and Cucumber Takeover June 15, 2010

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The corn is looking like actual corn.  The silks appeared first, soon after the tassels.  It seems to almost double every day.  I stare at it a lot, being a first time corn grower and all.

On a different note, the lemon cucumbers are taking over the yard.  They have taken over their end of the garden and have creeped over and out of the raised bed.  They struggle during the heat of the day, almost collapsing in a dramatic manner, then perk up as it cools off.  I’m hoping for enough cucumbers to pickle using Ruhlman’s recipe.



Garden update – Corn! June 10, 2010

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It happened just over night.  I have corn!  Not a lot, but I didn’t plant a lot.

First of the corn


Lemon Cucumbers but no Corn June 9, 2010

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The Lemon Cucumbers may be my new favorite garden food, at least for the moment.  But, I’ve only had two.  The plants have been looking wilty in the heat and have required much watering, but still few flowers or new cukes had appeared.  Then it rained well over an inch.  And all of a sudden, the plants are covered with flowers and new cucumbers galore.  I’m hoping it rains again tonight, but this time perhaps without the rumbling and thundering, and generally keeping me awake.  I have enough trouble sleeping since my friends declared my house haunted by a ghost!

Lemon Cucumber hopefuls

Future pickles?

Some of the corn seems to be doing what corn should do.  I love seeing it out my bedroom window.  It is very tall, has made tassels, but no corn as of yet.  We’ll see.

Corn making tassels

Replacing the Nandina was the best thing I’ve ever done, corn or no corn.


Corn as High as an Elephant’s Eye? May 15, 2010

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The saying is “Corn as High as an Elephant’s Eye.”  But none of my corn would cause a golden retriever to look over it to see a squirrel.  It all looks healthy, some moreso than others, but it looks like corn.  I’ve never grown corn, so I’m not sure what to expect.  I have recently read that you shouldn’t grow corn and tomatoes together, and my crazy productive Celebrity tomato is planted with the corn.  I also planted black beans as an experiment.  Beans add nitrogen to the soil, and corn likes that.  Anyway, my dream of seeing out my bedroom window has come true.  I just have to get out of bed, open the shutters, and look down about two feet.  I’m ever hopeful…

Corn where Nandina used to live