My Maize Obsession and A Big Blog Crossover

I love corn. Corn on the cob, cornbread, corn chips, popcorn, corn tortillas; I’m just getting hungry thinking about it.

Last year at my house, we grew our own corn in our vegetable bed. It came out great! We ate loads of corn for a good month or so. This year, we’re going to try to repeat the success, and plant more corn seeds.

Growing corn is not hard, but requires space, soil that is high in nitrogen, and lots of water. Oh, and you have to pollinate the plants by hand, but that is a really easy process. When they send up the thin pollen-laden stamens at the top of the plant (after a few weeks), just give them a good shake. That’s all there is to it.

In between corn plantings, it is probably a good idea to plant peas or beans, because these put nitrogen back in the soil. That way, you don’t kill the soil from overuse. Native Americans used to let beans grow around their corn plants to solve that problem.

Speaking of how the Indians did things, we are trying something different this year. Today, most people plant their corn in nice, neat rows; but Native Americans used to plant them close together in little mounds. This year, we are trying to see if we get more corn yields from planting close together in a bunch as opposed to a row.

My mom and I are not only teaming up to grow the corn in our yard, we have also decided to do a blog crossover to report on how our experiment goes. Take a look at my mom’s blog, Coastal Cooking Online, where I talk about the origins of the name “corn”, the origins of the corn plant itself, and some Native American legends around corn. You can also click on the link in my blogroll to keep up to date on my mom’s latest posts.

Oh, and the best part about corn? You can use corn flour to make tortillas, then use those tortillas to make QUESADILLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And you thought I had forgotten.