A couple of months ago, the new Burpee seed catalog came in the mail, which is always an exciting event in my world.
You see, I have been reading through their catalog since I was a little girl. I would go through the entire catalog and read the descriptions of flowers and vegetables and circle the ones that I would plant in my imaginary garden.
Now that I am all grown up, I actually buy the seeds I like and plant them in my ‘real’ garden.
One of the seed descriptions caught my attention. Corn that you can grow in a container – yes, you heard me right…in a container.
Well, I have been a recent convert to growing vegetables in containers, so I knew that I had to try these out.
They came in the mail a few weeks ago and I had wait very patiently (not!) until my local gardening calendar said that it was okay to plant them. The official date to begin planting corn on my zone 9a garden is March 1st. But, I decided that today (Feb. 23rd) was a good time to plant them, even though I was a week early.
Did I mention that I am a patient gardener?
I found the perfect container for my new container corn….a half whiskey barrel that I found at our local Home Depot.
The barrel still smelled like whiskey, which I think makes it just that much cooler. It didn’t have any holes, so I drilled some holes on the bottom.
Then my wonderful husband added the soil for me. I like to think that I am able to pour big bags of soil and I can, but not without a lot of ‘huffing and puffing’ followed by a bit of a backache the next day 😉
Now, it was time to add my precious new corn seeds…
Originally, I was going to place the container of corn plants next to my vegetable garden located in the side yard – but, I am already planning on growing ‘regular’ corn in that garden and you have to keep different types of corn separate from each other or they will cross-pollinate and the resulting corn will be different.
So, we placed the corn next to my smaller vegetable garden just off of the patio where it will get full sun.
The seeds should take 7 – 14 days to germinate and then I can harvest ears of corn in 63 days.
I can’t wait to see how they grow. If they turn out well, I may plant them again in August.
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