Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dent Corn, Tree Tomato and Greens Seeds!

I had a brief moment of weakness and bought more seeds.  I decided it was time I tried growing Dent Corn.  Not sure if I ordered a good variety for my area because searching the internet didn't provide many answers, but figured I'd pick one and give it a go. Either way it will be a good experiment.  I also ordered some leafy vegetables which I hope will "grow like weeds" and another package of seeds that's been on my "wish list" for months - Tamarillo, or tree tomato!

Here's what I got:  Bedwell's Supreme White Dent Corn, He Shi Ko Bunching Onion (hoping these will spread), Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, New Zealand Spinach, Mulukhiyah (another green that hopefully will grow like a weed) and Tamarillo (tree tomato).

Speaking of things growing like weeds and getting out of control, I've been meaning to write about my Sunchoke experience.  They did not "spread like crazy".  The three tubers I bought grew really well.  But I only found 4 tubers after they died off.  I fully expected new plants to sprout in the spring from any bits of tuber left in the ground, but I got nothing.  Nada.  Zilch. It was quite the disappointment.

My plan for the corn is to plant it on the side of the house where it gets full sun. I've never planted anything in this location before but I want to give it a try.  It will take a bit of work to turn up the soil in this area but it will be a great experiment.

While looking at the Bakers Creek seeds online I got to thinking that it would be nice to add more greens to the yard that might just become perennial "weeds". So that's why I ordered a few greens that perhaps (wishful thinking?) might get out of control, or at the very least grow well, similar to the longevity spinach.  It would make a nice addition to the salad greens I already have growing in the yard, all without much fuss - longevity spinach, sweet potato leaves, Roselle (hibiscus), amaranth,  prickly pear cactus and moringa.  Oh, and shepherds needle.  One can never forget that plant.  It never goes away!  I've learned to tolerate it now that I know its leaves are edible.

The first of September seems like a good time to plant the corn.  Crossing my fingers it will be successful!

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