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What bird poo and squirrels thieves can do.

The corn is doing really well. Which is weird because we never planted corn.

Young ear of cornThis reminds me of the terrifically sweet Korean melon harvest we had last year from a Korean melon plant that we never planted. My theory is that we served Korean melon to a guest one day and the guest tossed the rind and a few seeds while walking in the yard. Maybe a raccoon dragged some melon out of garbage and stopped to eat it in our garden.

The corn may have arrived via the droppings of a bird. A squirrel, feasting on a neighbor’s feeder or stealing someone’s Thanksgiving decorations last year might have dropped the corn there. Or maybe there is a gardening god and s/he felt that a lone corn plant directly in front of the only two stacked rocks in the garden would bless us with a zany, zenny peace.

Will the corn be edible and sweet? Might it be popcorn? Will it be standard grain corn that we can somehow turn into a tumbler of ethanol? We’ll have to see. In the meantime, does anyone have any advice on what to do to help a mysterious corn plant?

The mysteriously materialized corn plant

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8 Comments on “What bird poo and squirrels thieves can do.”

  1. Willa Says:

    Sad to say, because corn is wind pollinated, you need a 4 by 4 block to get pollination (unless you live very near a corn field…) But I do like the zen-ness of it…

    Some of our best plants have been volunteers- I have a strange melon out there this year, last year it was a pumpkin. And tomatoes volunteer every year, although, strangely, always cherry tomatoes.

  2. cookiecrumb Says:

    You get free, mysterious plants?
    Cool.

  3. Kate Says:

    I have tomato and squash volunteers in my garden this year.

    The corn does need a plot of friends to help it pollinate, Willa is right. But you just never know what might happen. Keep us posted!

  4. Susan G Says:

    Yes, Zen! Memorable: a sunflower blooming in the gutter; a pumpkin growing over a shed next to the garden that was ‘sheet composted’, medicinal herbs flocking to the garden at my health food store. I think of them as rewards.

  5. Annie Says:

    Willa: Thanks for the info. The nearest cornfield is about a mile, so unless we have neighbors with corn, our stalk may not yield anything. But you never know! My aunt’s cherry tomatoes come back every year too. No doubt some tomatoes escape picking and make into the ground.

    cookiecrumb: It may happen to you!

    Kate: I wish I had tomato volunteers! I can’t get enough tomato. I’ll definitely keep an eye on the corn.

    Susan G: A reward is a great way of looking at it. :)

  6. Kerrio Says:

    A friend sent me your blog link – brilliant – I will have to try some of your recipes. And the lone sweetcorn plant is inspirational. I love the picture of it next to the rock.

  7. Rachael Says:

    How funny… one day we found a squash plant in our yard, in a location where it most definitely came from our dog that eats everything (including stealing zucchini off the table several months prior)… then one day, the plant disappeared, because she ate that too. Ah, the circle of life!

  8. Annie Says:

    Kerrio: Thanks for reading!

    Rachael: I’ve heard squash blossoms are delish…your dog figured that out, lol.