Well the results were less than stellar. The poor results were probably on my part though. The corn germinated great. I had at least 40-60 plants come up in a block as I had laid it out. They grew well and I put them in an area that I had tilled in some old chicken bedding from the spring which I thought would help out on the fertilization knowing that corn is a heavy feeder. They just didn't produce the ears that I had expected. I thought an old time heirloom would produce several ears on a stalk. I barely got a few small ears around July 4th. When I finally did pick about 10 ears they were very small. I was only able to get about 1 serving of cream corn. It was frustrating and I have pulled the stalks.
It made me think of the terminator gene I had read about that seed companies have the technology to implant in seeds. If that technology was unleashed none of the seeds would be able to produce plants with viable seeds. I felt like my corn growing experience was a precursor to what that would be like. A very sad day indeed.
So I attended my local farmers market and bought 5 dozen ears of corn and I also had some ears of corn from the community garden. I will try again next year. I have decided I want to try a Synergistic variety of sweet corn, Serendipity, that I have purchased from the farmers market a few years ago. So I am back on the hybrid seed bandwagon, at least for corn. We will see how that goes.
I will make sure I fertilize the corn a little more next time. I talked to an old neighbor of mine who is in his 80s and still has a garden. He told me he had some similar things happen this year, but added lots of Miracle Grow and he got his corn. I guess this is why all the old farmers still fertilize their corn. While I won't be adding Miracle Grow I will find an organic alternative and I am going to get a load of organic garden soil to begin next season. Hopefully we can get some home grown corn. If not, we will probably stop wasting our time and precious space with corn.