I was checking some crops for "readiness" this past week. First up was the Golden Bantam corn. Now this is my first year growing corn, so I don't really know what I'm doing. I've read about when corn should be ready, but I'm a bit anxious to get it picked before the critters get wind of it. Like this guy here who I caught on my trail camera (night shot, hard to see, I know) - to be honest, I was checking for the very large groundhog that I spotted in my garden a couple of weeks ago but no sight of that one since. I already knew I had a skunk as my trail camera had snapped it near the compost earlier this season.
So back to the corn. I picked an ear. It felt a bit small (like the husks weren't quite full) but I was actually not expecting it to be ready, I just wanted to take a look. And what the heck, the kernels looked pretty plump to me!
So then I cooked it. Still looked okay.
Then I took a bite. Blech ... mushy and tasteless.
I mentioned it to a gardener friend. He told me I was too early - like a few weeks. He said I would know when it was ready ... the stalks would all be knocked over and there would be nothing left because the critters will know it's ready before I do. Ha ha. Thanks Paul!
But my next trial was a success. I picked one of the dried pods of the Black Turtle beans I am growing (also a first for me). And they look just like I would expect them to.
But I picked a pod earlier in the week and the beans inside were still pretty purple. However, after sitting on my table for a few days, they have continued to mature and are looking pretty reasonable as well.
So, yay, I think I'll probably being pulling the beans this weekend but I'll check a few more to be sure. I'm very excited about these beans which are definitely the bean I use the most, so I'm really looking forward to that harvest time.
If you have any advice on either the corn or the beans, I'd be happy to hear about it! And here's a funny parting shot that was also snapped on my trail camera last week ... nothing but neck and head.