Seasonal nausea: Coming soon

Sweetcorn Corn is outrageously good this year. I’ve had two good-sized ears on nearly every plant (average is 1.5 most seasons).

Wife and I are scoffing two cobs apiece every night. I swear I’ll turn yellow any minute.

I don’t mind gluts (exception: courgettes), because it helps me eat seasonally. When I’m thoroughly sick of a prolific vegetable it’s easier to go without in the ‘off’ seasons; the relief of not eating the bloody thing lasts for months.

So it’s OK if I DO go yellow, or start vomiting at the sight of corn.

This is What Eating Seasonally Is All About.

14 Responses to “Seasonal nausea: Coming soon”

  1. Clare Says:

    I’m envious. I planted our corn quite late so we are still waiting for out first, which I am hoping will be ready soon. Next week, perhaps. But it’s still possible that disaster might strike – I’ve never yet managed to grown sweetcorn successfully so I’m not holding my breath.

    So if you could shut up about how much you are enjoying your won success, that would be just peachy. Thank you.

  2. Soilman Says:

    SO sorry. It’s nauseating, isn’t it?

  3. Tanya Walton Says:

    My corn never did grow….sniff….any tips for next year when I plan to try again????

  4. Soilman Says:

    Sorry to hear that, Tanya. Corn is a bit contrary. I find that when it grows, it REALLY grows… and when it doesn’t, there’s no power on earth can make it work. Fundamentally, we’re at the very northernmost limit of its growing range in the UK (very especially if you live in the north), and that means it needs a good weather year to be happy.

    I gave up on sowing corn seed direct ages ago; just doesn’t work. I now sow seeds in peat pots and transplant them direct into the ground when the corn is six inches high. I sow in mid April, and plant out in early/mid May under plastic tunnels. This worked spectacularly well this year.

    The good news: Corn is fairly untroubled by pests and diseases. So once you’ve got it established, it just needs water.

    Best of luck next time round!

  5. Thomas Says:

    Any tips on how far apart to space each plant in order to ensure proper pollination?

  6. Carrie Says:

    I whole heartedly agree, sweetcorn is a gift from mother nature never to be returned and exchanged for something else, such as a nice jumper. I hope I too turn yellow so I can show off to everyone just how much sweetcorn I have been able to grow. All our plants have 2 big, fattening-up cobs a piece as well. Joy!

  7. Jo Says:

    I’ve grown corn in containers for the last two years, and they grew really well. This year, having the allotment, I’ve sown more and have been really looking forward to it, but I don’t think I’m going to get a very good harvest. I’m growing a different variety to that which I have grown previously, so I don’t know if it’s because of this, or because the ground hasn’t been worked for a while. It hasn’t grown particularly well, and there aren’t many cobs.

  8. Soilman Says:

    Thomas hi

    Most books suggest planting corn between 12 and 18in apart. I plant mine about a foot apart, because I’m sure it helps pollination. Also smart to plant in square blocks, not in rows – for the same reason.

  9. Soilman Says:

    Jo: Corn does need good, rich soil. It’s heavy on nitrogen, in particular. Manure the plot well before planting, I’d suggest. During the ripening phase, when the cobs are set and swelling, it’s very important to make sure the plants don’t go short of water.

  10. Matron Says:

    It is a good year for corn, I’ve had a great harvest too. I think the new, tender F1 varieties cope better with our climate, and stay longer.

  11. Stemsy Says:

    My corn is being nibbled by pests. My neighbouring allotmenteers say it’s mice and rats that have got theirs. Any tips for keeping the pesky rodents away, without hurting freindly critters like hedghogs and toads?

  12. Soilman Says:

    My neighbours have this problem too, Stemsy. ‘Fraid I don’t have a solution. Poison is out, because of the ‘friendly fire’ problem. Rodents react poorly to shotgun pellets, but that’s assuming you can a) see them and b) get close enough to shoot the buggers. I’m really sorry I can’t suggest anything more helpful.

  13. Stemsy Says:

    Thanks anyway, maybe I’ll make my cat work for her living, the lazy mog 😉

  14. Patrick Says:

    Is THAT what seasonal eating is all about, going yellow and vomiting? I wondered about that. Now I know!

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    Actually, I get that way with tomatoes. I’ve never really thought it was worth preserving tomatoes, because after the midsummer deluge is over they don’t seem so interesting any more. Then again, by next spring I’m eagerly awaiting that first ripe one…