Nature is always amazing to me, it’s miraculous that you can plant a seed and go from this…
Last year (2013), I planted a couple rows of traditional white corn (organic cuz the GMO thing freaks me out) in an effort to teach my children that corn doesn’t come from the grocery store or the farm stand, that there is a living plant that had to be nurtured through a season, in a field, with all the worries that accompany planting and gardening. They could have cared less. My garden efforts on their behalf were underwhelming. There was corn a’plenty at the farm stand all season and my tiny little harvest didn’t even register on their radar.
So this year I decided to plant something that would really capture their attention – popcorn! They LOVE popcorn, it’s one of their favorite snacks but of course they’re used to it from a jar or a bag, direct from the grocery store or movie theater and into a bowl whenever they desire.
I wanted to find a variety that would somehow capture their attention and after combing through the catalogs and looking at all the options available, I thought strawberry popcorn would fit the bill. With cute, mini ears and spectacular color, my logic was that even if the popcorn didn’t ‘pop’, it would still make amazing fall decorations.
I started it inside but I think I could have waited and just planted straight into the garden. It was very simple to grow, decent soil and constant water, and didn’t really take up too much space. One of the nicest aspects of growing popcorn was I could just leave it on the stalk to dry and cure on it’s own. When it was ready I picked it and removed the kernels with a little gadget I bought ( if you try growing popcorn get this gadget, it will save your thumbs! Here’s the link…).
And popping was a huge success. I did it the old fashioned way – a couple tablespoons of oil in a metal pan, put the lid on and keep it moving over a high heat. I added a sprinkle of salt and that was it. Virtually every kernel popped and the flavor was fabulous. The most rewarding part of course is that my children realized that we grew this, and they want to save seed for next year. Lesson complete!
And now for the giveaway! These we’re fun to grow and I want to share so I’m offering three bags of 50 seeds each. The rules? Very easy. Just be an active email subscriber (which means if you’re a new subscriber when you send in your email you’ll receive an email back that you must click to activate your free subscription), and leave a comment on this post. I’ll choose the random winners on November 12th and contact you via email.
Thanks so much for reading EG! Happy gardening!