Best Corn Ever

No good deed goes unpunished. I posted last week that we painted the patio set, 6 chairs and a table. That inspired Nancy to go buy a new set of cushions. So my $5 project turned into a $200 one. I have to admit the “new” set has brightened the patio. Now I’m working on the dock set, 4 chairs and a small table, and spent yesterday cleaning off the rust and power washing preparing for most of today painting. I started thinking I had plenty of paint with one quart of forest green rustoleum but when the job was done, there was very little paint left. I doubt I could have gotten one more chair out it. Between the two sets we have 10 old cushions so surely we’ll be able to pick out 4 good ones for the dock and not have to get new ones. Here’s a tip – you know those red plastic party cups? Don’t put paint thinner/mineral spirits in them and expect them to hold together for any length of time. Bad idea.

New Patio Cushion
New Patio Cushion

I picked the first ears of corn and the first jalapeno peppers on Sunday. Both were visually perfect and delicious. The corn is a bi-color, triple sweet variety and is, without a doubt, the sweetest most tender corn we’ve ever eaten. Nancy bought a couple ears from Publix which we ate two nights ago – no comparison. Tonight was another colorful meal with green beans, purple potatoes, bi-color corn, cucumber onion salad and steak.
First corn and other goodies
First corn and other goodies

One plant that’s giving me a little heart burn is the tomatillo. I’m only growing it for Tom so I’m not having cravings or anything. It’s by far the biggest plant in the garden and loaded with blossoms – thousands for sure. The plant is 5’ tall and that big across even considering that I have it staked up. So I know the plant is loving the location. Plenty of bees buzzing around, flitting from blossom to blossom so plenty of pollination. But no fruit, not the first tiny tomatillo has made an appearance. How is that possible? All the tomato plants that hit the garden at the same time are loaded with little green tomatoes so what’s up with these Mexican tomatoes. So I called that Ag Center. Nobody knew anything there so I did an internet search on tomatillo culture and sure enough the first site that popped up was a blog discussing the exact same problem. There were several people adding comments who said you needed two plants which was the first thought that crossed my mind but then there were just as many that insisted one would do the job but that a great deal of patience was needed. Apparently these can take much longer than conventional tomatoes and need high heat and low humidity. I’ve got time and heat but also plenty of humidity so the jury is still out on this crop. I had started 3 plants but two got whacked in that late March freeze we had. I think what I’m going to do is start a few new plants and hope they can handle the summer heat to produce a crop in the fall. My only concern is that the one plant I have has an incredible number of blossoms such that if they all produced fruit, I’d be overloaded. So if I had multiple plants……….. what the hell would I do with them all? You can only make so much salsa and right now, I have no idea what else you can do with them.

Let me get this straight, we’ve stopped droning terrorists and started prosecuting journalists. Chicago rules.

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