Thursday, January 5, 2012

Corn already?

Baby corn! 'Mini Pop F1,' to be exact.

These you are supposed to harvest as soon as you see a hint of the silks, but I forgot at first and left them a little longer.

Still, it didn't seem to matter and they were still tender inside and a little bigger for longer on the plant. Uncooked they were on the bland side, but once steamed they were delicious and nicer than anything we've bought in a supermarket before.

So far, out of the first block of 20 seeds sown, I have harvested 13 baby corns (I am keeping track of harvests with weights and numbers properly, for once!) I have also sown more baby corn successionally, so there are small, medium, and fully grown plants now, and yet more seeds in the packet for another round in a month or so.

We ate our corns together with a stirfy including yet more Redlegs spring onions (these just keep on coming and getting bigger and bigger. They were planted with a well over-packed punnet bought at a shop, but now I have seeds which I am also successionally sowing;

And a couple more Lebanese eggplants. These are small, but I am wary of letting them get too big and becoming inedible.

And in tomato news? The plants are still going great guns. My early planting of bought-in largish 'seedlings' has proved fruitful to say the least. I have picked almost 4kg in the last fortnight - not including the ones eaten while gardening and never weighed.

Some we eat fresh, some we cook into dinner, some have been frozen whole to cook with later in the year, and some I'm attempting to dry in the oven.

The tomatoes towards the top of this picture are either Tigerella or Green Zebra. I have managed to lose the label (I think it might have blown behind a pile of inaccessible renovation bits and bobs in the shed). The ones at the bottom of the picture are small Grosse Lisse. Now, those stripey numbers are a little on the bitter side if they're not totally ripe, I've found, so they were my chosen candidates for oven-drying (the Grosse Lisse are super sweet and completely beautiful).

The tomatoes are cut in half and spaced out on an oven rack, then sprinkled with salt, and dried in the oven for hours at a low temperature (between 60-80c, as low as your oven will go, basically). To be safely kept at home they need to be as dry as you can possibly make them, like leather, I've read, and even though they were in the oven at 60c overnight they were still quite squishy so now they are in the oven for day 2 to see what happens. They are so beautiful when they are cut, I love the way the seeds are still green inside!

I will let you know what happens with the tomatoes. If they stuff up, never mind, hundreds and hundreds more where these came from!



TheGardeningBlog said...

Hi Katie - Your corn looks fabulous! Please would you join our Garden Bloggers Harvest Day with this post? Its very appropriate and we'd love you to join. Just go to and add your post to the Mr Linky.


Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Your babycorns are gorgeous and it made me think of tom yum soup. Lovely harvest!

HolleyGarden said...

I came though TheGardeningBlog's meme. I'm so impressed with your corn! We tried to grow corn last year, but it was a huge failure! Your tomatoes look scrumptious! I can't wait to start my vegetable garden this year (I'm in the US).

The Gardening Blog said...

Hi Katie - thank you so m uch for joining the Garden Bloggers Harvest Day. It is so wonderful to see what you are harvesting. The corn is beautiful and so even. Mine I have left on the stalk to see what happens (my first time). The first cobs were super sweet. Your tomatoes look amazing. Please please keep us posted on the tomatoes in the oven. I am also going to have a huge crop - we love them!! Thanks again!

veggiegobbler said...

Oh that corn is the same sort I planted... But it got eaten yesterday by the neighbour's goat. Grrr. I had success with it a few years ago. So sweet you could eat it uncooked.

veggiegobbler said...

Oh.. And I'll be interested to read how your tomatoes go. Yum.