Organic Insect Control
Heritage Corn- Golden Midget
(Heritage corn is not a hybrid variety, and I've been told the
mature seeds from a crop can be saved and planted next year,
whereas mature seed from hybrids can't be saved.)

The inset picture is of an ear broken on 5/31/10.  I ate it raw right after the
photo was taken. It was milky-juicy and as sweet as Silver Queen.  I'll try
the Golden Midget again next year in better soil.

To be fair to the Golden Midget variety, the soil here is very poor and this
garden patch has a poor production history.  For over a year I've been
applying poultry manure and composted hay from the duck yard, and since
we got Kozmo, horse manure from the corral.  As you can see on the left
another variety of heritage corn did much better in this garden patch.

The three rows in the picture below were planted later and fertilized in the
same way.
Heritage Corn- Country Gentleman
Planted on April 12, this corn had a much higher germination rate.  Very
few plug-ins were needed and as can be seen in this photo, (taken May
29) growth was much more robust with the same fertilizer as was used for
the Golden Midget corn shown above.  This corn is chest high, note the
Barred Rock chicken near the center.  The next photo shows the same
corn, (Country Gentleman) taken 9 days later on June 7th, the  corn is
taller than I am and beginning to tassel.   Since it sprouted, it has only
been top dressed fertilized with horse manure.  No other fertilizer has been
used.  Both varieties of heritage seed were purchased from
Reimer Seeds
I let our 4 chickens into the corn and pea patch periodically to search for insects.  I've found that they can't be left for long because their hunt
for insects can get distructive.
These 3 rows of heritage corn were planted March 21, 2010
and this photo was taken on May 29.  Not too impressive.  The
shorter plants are "plug-ins", seeds planted after the first ones
failed to germinate.  Aside from preparing the soil with
application of a 21 percent turf fertilizer in February, these
plants were only fertilized with horse manure and chicken
Country Gentleman,May  29
Country Gentleman, June 7
The Country Gentleman variety eventually reached over 9 feet to the tops of its
tassels.   The silks were red instead of the yellow-green I've been accustomed to,
and that created a problem on deciding when to break an ear for the table.
Usually the corn I've grown would be in it's milkiest and sweetest stage when the tassels
turn the color in the picture on the right.   This ear turned out to be immature with small
partially formed kernels.   On June 22, I broke these three ears at varying stages of
brown and none were mature, but had a sweet taste.  A few days ago I broke an ear
that had dark brown tassels and the corn was rubbery, yellow, starchy, and low in sugar
2011 Garden/compost Project