As I write this, I am sitting in front of the heater with a lovely cup of Yorkshire tea and thinking to myself how did I let it go for so long in between blog posts?
Time seems to have flown by in the last few months, COVID-19 has shaken the whole world and our daily routines. I have been fortunate that I have been able to continue working full time with hardly any distributions to my daily routine but I know for many others that this isn’t the case and I truly believe gardening has become a saviour to many people. I have really enjoyed time out in the garden so much so, I have forgotten to share a lot of it with you all.
SO LETS CATCH UP
Last Spring and Summer I sowed 60 corn seeds which all took and produced wonderful coloured cobs. Roughly 80% of what was harvested has been saved for seeds. I picked the cobs, allowed them to dry out before removing the individual kernels. Once collected, they were then bagged and put into storage. In late August I will get them out and start sowing again for the new season.
A lot of the varieties I grew were Aztec and coloured corns which are no good for eating. They are mainly grown as decoration pieces to have as home decor, to be made into cornmeal or as stock feed. As beautiful and fun they are to unwrap to see their colours, they just are no good for eating. They might look beautiful on the kitchen table but I wish they were more suited to be sitting on a plate with a dollop of butter on top. Instead this season I will be dedicating another area in the vegetable garden for edible forms.
Last Spring I discovered a mix seed packet of heirloom pumpkins which were sown in early September. Turns out there were a lot of Triamble and Lokata varieties with only one Queensland Blue. Over 20 pumpkins have been harvested with many of them now sitting in the shed in a cool area for long-term storage. Also sown at the same time were a few giant pumpkins which never came to fruition, or they were wrongly labelled. Despite that, I will sow them again this year and keep my fingers crossed for a fruitful harvest to come.
In recent weeks a few other garden projects have begun to take shape. I look forward to being on the front foot with this blog again and sharing the journey ahead. In the meantime, what has been happening in your own gardens? Or have you discovered a new plant you love? Let me know down below.
Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs