Journey of A Garden: Hecho de Maiz.

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I’m not quite ‘hecho de maiz’. I’m not made of corn.

Soon, though, I may be largely sustained by corn if my plants continue grow at their current rate.

I could be roasting it, boiling it and smearing butter over it. I could scrape off the kernels and put them in a salad or I could grind down the corn and make it into Sadza, Ugali, Nshima or Mielie Meal – and before you know it, I’ll be breaking world records from the 800 metres to the Marathon.

Or, I could launch myself into the perfect siesta with a corn tortilla full of greasy goodness.

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The six lots of corn that I planted a while ago are growing well in the backyard, even with two different methods of planting.

The garden is at the back of a rental property on the south coast of New South Wales, about 2 hours south of Sydney, Australia. The soil is generally fertile in a region famous for dairy farming and viticulture, although the garden had been stripped of much of its nutrients when I moved in, courtesy of the previous tenant’s neglect and a dry winter. The garden attracts quite a lot of sun, during very warm summer months and even during colder winter months in what is typically a temperate climate. The area is also famous for beaches and surfing, which is great after a day of hard yakka in the garden.

Three of them were planted straight into the ground.

I dug a small hole, put some seeds into the hole, then covered it with potting mix. Then I just made sure to water the plants regularly.

The others were planted into a no dig garden bed comprised of layers of grass clippings, manure and soil.

All of the corn is growing very well, although I wonder if the corn in the no dig garden bed is growing a little too well and stealing nutrients from its bedfellow, the eggplant, which is starting to look a little withered.

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The state of the eggplant prompted me to add some seaweed to the no dig garden bed, so hopefully this will help the corn and the eggplant to grow.

I decided to grow corn because it is a relatively easy crop to grow, as long as it has enough water and sunlight, and because I wanted to grow food which can provide the substance to a meal. That is, I want a food that will fill me up, because if I can only grow fruits like tomatoes, silverbeet and eggplant then I will still be hungry at the end of a meal. If I wanted to do that, I would go to an insanely expensive restaurant serving an eight course menu of minuscule degustations which can only be enjoyed after consuming copious glasses of the ridiculously over-priced wine list.

I’d rather eat a hearty meal straight from my garden.

 

 

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