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Expanding the Garden

June 5th, 2009

On Wednesday we ran over to my mom’s house because she’s letting us expand her garden. Since we have limited full-sun areas in our gardens, she offered to let us plant our popcorn at her house.
My mom and I covered the new garden area with a tarp back in March so that the grass would be smothered. When we uncovered it, it was ready to till up.
We pulled out the old tiller and finally got it started. I had a good laugh, it was a lot like Good Neighbors.
When it was finished my mom’s garden is now 1/3 larger than it was. I’ll be heading over some time next week to plant my popcorn, beans and squash for a proper 3 sisters garden.

Anyone else growing popcorn?

11 Comments to “Expanding the Garden”
  1. Mangochild on June 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I wish I could – many times this winter I had a craving for it but couldn’t find a local source. But I just don’t have the space now – maybe someday. Congrats on the garden expansion, and the chance to add new crops.

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  2. Faith on June 5, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Nope, broom corn, Indian corn, open-pollinated corn, and hybrid corn, but not popcorn.

    Your garden looks lovely!


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  3. Chicago Mike on June 5, 2009 at 9:20 am

    No corn. It seems like a lot of space for minimal return. Plus, we have a LOT of corn around here. I mean a LOT. Like, a LOT OF CORN. Like I can take you to a place where I can drive four miles, and other than the road there is nothing bu corn. No telephone poles, no houses, no sheds, nothing but CORN. LOTS OF CORN.

    Chicago Mike’s last blog post.. Sharing Some Ice Cream

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  4. Jen on June 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    We really want to grow popcorn in our school garden because it’s something that could be planted at the end of the year in June and harvested in the fall. We didn’t get it in this year, but maybe that’s because I’m supposed to watch you do it first ;-)

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  5. Pampered Mom on June 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    We’re growing a calico popcorn this year. It’s our first year growing corn so this should be interesting!

    Pampered Mom’s last blog post.. Sailor Salad

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    • Susy on June 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

      Ours is Ruby Red, we buy the calico from someone locally. It’s quite tasty!

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  6. deedee on June 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    2 different kinds of sweet corn… the early corn is already getting tall because of all the rain we’ve had. but no popcorn… maybe next year! btw, look at the close up of those calf muscles in that last pic! lol :)

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    • Susy on June 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      I have an even better close up of those calves, I can send it to you if you’d like it :)

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    • Mr. Chiots on June 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you very much!

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  7. Planting Strawberry Popcorn | Chiot's Run on June 17, 2009 at 4:55 am

    […] were ready to plant on Monday. So I headed over to my mom’s house to plant it in the plot that we tilled up several weeks ago. Yesterday we added some compost and other amendments and worked them into the soil. Then I set […]

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  8. My Mom’s Garden | Chiot's Run on August 7, 2009 at 4:53 am

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