Originally Posted by 1kluckychik
Wait. You grow your own popcorn?
Yeh, many of us do...and YOU don't???? Where you bin livin' Mun...under a ROCK?
This is my list for corn (Zea mays) kernels I'm gonna be a planting this year...days to maturity range from an outlandish 95 days (why I start corn inside...against all the ROOLES...always against the rules with moi...meant to be bent, not broken but bent really good...) to a mere 63 days...yeh, you read that right...SIXTY THREE DAYS to maturity!:
CORN GOLDEN BANTAM IMPROVED - freezing and fresh; 70 days
CORN MANDAN BRIDE - gorgeous mixed coloured flour corn 4-5' tall with some striped kernels on 6-7" cobs that will make awesome fall decorations; 90 days
CORN ORCHARD BABY - grows to a mere meter tall, 5 sweet corn cobs per plant which is GREAT for small short seasoned gardeners
CORN HAMPSHIRE RED POPCORN - 4 cups of popcorn...developed in the 80's (yeh, I so like living, listening to MY music, and driving IN the 80's eh...never gonna grow up) most beautiful, best flavoured, and the quickest to pop.
CORN TOM THUMB POPCORN - 1899 catalogue states "its compact growth fits it for city or village lots." VILLAGE IJIT did it say, eh?? Two foot tall plants with 2-3" cobs
Along with my stash of two kinds from last year...65 days and 70 days...corn is like good for 1-2 years fer plantings...
CORN BUTTER GOLD - fresh, heritage 63 days
CORN HONEY & CREAM BICOLOUR - fresh, heritage 70 days
Dude...yer Dudette would love the PINK popcorn (Hampshire Red) and well the multi coloured one of Tom Thumb just makes it for the kids on Popcorn/stay at home Movie Nights (or the pups...no salt, no butter...muncha cruncha...the dawgs get their own in their private bowls). I mean like if you got youngsters...you HAFTA grow your own popcorn, eh. You jest hafta...
Cripers Mun...you gotta go shoppin'...get out more often and live on the high side of life!
Even if you wanna just order some delivered in like pizza...then here's Glenn's listing...from chocolate, blue, purple, to even one that is butter flavoured...you really lead one heck of a sheltered existence...get with it ... like NOW! I'd tell you to get the Pinkadelic Pop but well, I don't want to lead you astray down some untravelled garden path...
(24 varieties to choose from)
Popcorn usage and notes: Ornamental as well as very tasty. The old fashioned types have better flavor, but pop up smaller than the modern hybrids. I, too, fell victim to the microwave popcorn generation, partly out of convenience. I took the time one day to read the label (even on the light versions) and realized, like most convenient foods, it is the coating - not the product - that had the flavor. (Modern broiler chickens are another example.) With over 30 Open Pollinated varieties in my collection, I decided it was time to do a better job of promoting better quality food. Yes, most of the popcorns we carry are ones that pop up smaller, but they are tasty with no coating, not even salt. So, give the old-fashioned ones a try. What a nutritious diet food when air-popped with no added salt or butter! It is filling, tasty, low in calories and has 0 grams of fat.
Baby Golden: 100 days. Small, golden kernels, 5 to 6 foot stalks. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed
Black Pop: 80 days. An early, short, 4 foot tall, small ears. Deep purple/black kernels, one of the old Gurney Seed Company varieties from the 1960's. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Blue Pop: 100 days. I got this from Gurney Seed Company close to 30 years ago. It was never all blue like I thought, but is brightly colored blue, yellow and other colors mixed. Ears are nice sized, pearl type. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed
Calico: 115 days. 6 to 7 foot plants that produce up to 2 ears per stalk of 6 inch ears that are either red, yellow or calico (striped red on yellow) in color. Colorful ears. A wonderful educational corn for teaching about "jumping genes". You will get various expressions of the striping on the kernels. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed
Chocolate: 120 days. 6 foot stalks, deep brown kernels. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 4 Pkts. $7.00 Certified Organic Seed
Cochita Pueblo: 110 days. 6 to 7 foot stalks with 2 to 3 very attractive mini-sized, colored ears. Color range is all extremes. Pops up in a rainbow of kernel colors. It has a rich, nutty flavor. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Cranston Hulless: 120 days. 6 foot plants with 3, 4 or sometimes 6 ears. Very productive, but hard to harvest as husks are tight. Do not plant too thick. Ears are 2 to 3 inches long, very tiny kernels. Suitable for miniature corn in Chinese dishes when picked young. 0.5 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed
Faribo White Hulless: 100 days. An old Farmer Seed & Nursery variety. Good yields of white kernels. Plants are 5 feet tall with 2 to 3, 4 to 5 inch ears. 1 oz. Pkt. - 1 Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed
Fireside: 98 days. 4 foot stalks, larger sized strawberry popcorn, a mix of red with some yellow. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)
Harvest Plum: 125 days. A selection of ours to provide more ears with a predominance of shades of pink and purple kernels. Selected for small, tiny kernels on ears that have fairly tight husks. Occasional red to purple husks can be found. The majority of the kernels will be shades of pink and purple with occasional other colors - especially shades of red. Beautiful and also very tasty when popped. Pops small, but has an exceptional nutty flavor. Plants get 7 feet tall and will usually have 2 to 3 ears per stalk. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed OSSI pledged variety
Hulless Baby Rice: 108 days. 7 foot stalks, two 6 to 7 inch white kerneled ears. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed
Indian: 108 days. 6 foot stalks, multi-colored, but mainly yellow and white. 1 oz. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed
Jones Multicolored: 115 days. Small ears of colorful kernels. Plants get about 6 feet tall. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 4 Pkts. $7.50 Certified Organic Seed
Little Indian Pickling: 100 days. Tiny ornamental ears, multi-colored kernels. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed
Pennsylvania Butter Flavor: 115 days. Ivory white kernels, high quality. Plants average 6 feet tall. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.50
Pink Beauty: 100 days. 5 foot plants produce 3 to 4 inch ears of bright shades of pink. Pops up a gorgeous white with a good flavor. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Pinkadelic Pop: 125 days. A very interesting selection of high yielding popcorn that has a predominance of kernel colors in the pinks, purples with some reds, pastel blues and whites. Very ornamental and very productive. Ears average 5 to 6 inches on 7 to 8 foot stalks. Popcorn is tasty as well as pretty. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed OSSI pledged variety.
Purple Haze: 125 days. A selection of ours to provide more ears with a predominance of pink and purple kernels that have purple shaded husks. A very pretty and also tasty popcorn. Plants average between 7 and 8 feet tall and will usually have between 3 to as many as 4 ears per stalk if not crowded. Not all stalks and husks will be shades of purple, but the majority will. Kernels are small, ears average about 4 inches in length. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016) OSSI pledged variety.
Red Beauty: 126 days. 6 foot tall plants with red kernels. Pops up a cream color with the red hulls showing - thus giving it a very unique look. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed
Redbird: 109 days. 5 foot stalks, 4 inch ears with dark red kernels. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed
Rhodes Red: 105 days. Red, pearl type, 6 to 7 foot stalks, large red ears. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)
Rhodes Yellow: 120 days. Pearl type, 7 foot stalks, big yellow ears. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed
Thanksgiving Bouquet: 110 days. An ornamental popcorn of my own selection which also has very good flavor. I've always been fascinated by the genetics of brown kernel color in corn and how many ways the brown gene can express itself. This was named because I think of browns and related shades at Thanksgiving time. To get the full complement of brown shades, not all ears will turn out brown. The remainder will be very colorful nonetheless. Plants are 7 feet tall, 2 ears per stalk, and the ears are 6 to 7 inches long. Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction in 2005. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 4 Pkts. $7.50 Certified Organic Seed OSSI pledged variety
White: 110 days. For those who want a pale white popcorn that pops up with basically colorless hulls, then this is it. Plants are around 7 feet tall with 5 to 6 inch ears. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed
Yeh...get growin' and get poppin'...I am sure that corn would grow way easier for you than it does up here. I have to start the kernels in their own individual peat pots...and grow it out till like the first of June and pray it dunna get hit with golfball and bigger sized hail AND snow...snow in dang August up here in the Great White North...but if'n I dance really silly then the gods that be will ensure no hail and no snow...yeh, we get frozen water here all year...then I be getting to harvest up the popcorn corn, flour corn, milliing corn (corn meal0, and the bestest...SWEET CORN on the cob plucked alive and fresh (mid afternoon, when the dew has been burnt off by the sunshine and the kernels are at their sweetest time of the day) and on to the BQ in the Man Porch for scoffing down...yeh...sweet sweet corn at home sweet home, eh.
If'n I grow corn and have since I lived on the WEsT Coast...so too should everyone grow their own not GMO AND not Hybrid (try finding THOSE in the grocery veg aisles!), chicken candy CORNs!
Originally Posted by Amberjem
did you see the pictures I posted for you as promised?
Of course I did...waiting on pin needles and all...I saw the hands that still appreciate the need to get dirt on them...the hands that feed the family the BESTest produce in the world...I saw, I loved...I am so gonna steal yer plans of using them cinder blocks...got some awesome incentive to have my Hero bring in a lift of cinders on the Boo one ton...and get making me some more raised beds...but without pressure treated timbers...nice cinder blocks he can bring me a bucket of gravel in the tractor to fill with...yeh. Thinking I will plant the new coming raspberry canes in a nice cinder blocked enclosure...got me some landscape fabric just screaming to line it, get the cinders on, filled, then dirt it up...yeh...I have visions from your pickies...VISIONS of jest the right things that could work out real fine here. I said it before on the cinder block/raised bed concept and I'll say it again..."Thank you on that, eh!"
I made sure to ovationed ya...:
You know what I saw the other day that made wince (and I knew you would too)...plant markers...wait for it...plant markers made from...ready to shudder....made from pressure treated wood. Oh my good gack!
So we break the ties that bind us to an early grave in sickness by growing our own FOODS and going non-GMO, non-Hybrid (so we can save our own seeds and be self sufficient more and more), non-chemical fertilized (oh the chook poop...and turkey, duck, goose, pheasant, swan, and cheeky Ruddies...oh how they contribute...give and give and give us again!)...5#!7 happens, so make COMPOST outta the bounty! ) well after we go thru all that extra good for us, good for the Earth, good for everything on the planet...we are gonna stick chemically treated wood products right in amongst our healthy choices of growing our own fruits and veg...good gack indeedy! Cancers...that just don't happen because we BREATHE AIR...sometimes it is the choices we can make NOT to expose ourselves to over the top carcinogenics...
Feb 18, 2016
Hauled the two thing-mah-jiggers out to the greenhouse and put together 16 seedling starter trays yesterday afternoon.
While the dawgs played...I played!
Well OK...truth be known!
I tend to play alot nicer than the puppies ever do...
Lacy Jill scores ONE...
But so long as no single girl is winning every single squirmish...I guess they are playing...
Emmy Lou scores ONE...
Puppy Lump = NO winners...score still at 1 : 1??
Puppers are playing and I can keep playing in the greenhouse - popping a look see outside every few moments to make sure nobody is going too over board.
Stash of trays...fits up real nice and tidy like
I been hording greenhouse pots and trays for over 40 years (yeh, I know...yell DINOsaurus and be done with it already would yah...40+ years of hoarding leaves you quite a stash...an organized one tho! Even moved from the WEsT Coast with my stash well seeded, eh). Me so ever proud that firing up the greenhouse this season is gonna be way economical. I see my seedling starter trays were regular priced at $4.99 and I bought those ones off season for $2.99 and there's eight of those per mini greenhouse...$25 bucks with taxes to fill one...I looked in town and now those exact same packaged up trays, lid, bottoms, inserts are $6.99...Holy Hannah, eh. That be $58.71...so double yer expenses to buy one mini and eight seedling starter trays on inserts and ten bucks fer the seedling sterilized but organic mix...that's $130 to begin one seedling setup. Yeh, me happy to have a greenhouse/planting stash...
So far, so good...only bought two seedling starter mediums and 3 x 32 peat pots -
under twenty bucks if you ignore the oodles of seeds I got ordered
So thar you be woman...Bwah ha ha...
Jem...now yer one set of grown it up good stuff pickies behind me now...did I just say behind...yeh, I guess I jest typed that...<<wiggle wiggle but never TWEAK er TWERK IT>> Get yer behind behind mine..."Who's got a bigger butt, bigger butt...BIG BUTT?" I do, I do...I DO...I had more time to earn mine so my butt is always gonna be BIGGER than You's furEVER and EVER!"
Rick's haulin' my sorry butt to the city this morn to peruse which place has the best mini-greenhouse on sale...I got to get me another one and the one I saw at the LOCO village/town was $59.99 and sans the castors my one for $39.99 back in the day has...bought back in the daze when dino's walked the planet and I was gardening in the greenhouse...dang, I am starting to feel older than dirt, eh.
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada