Friday, 8 February 2013

Tom Thumb Popcorn

For those of you who scored some of the Tom Thumb Popcorn from us at Seedy Saturday... here is the down-low on how to grow it, and our own "take" on the seeds from the hot-hot summer of 2012.

My little man helped put them into the brown paper sacks....

He was diligent at making sure none split onto the floor (hard to go with popcorn!) is the online store where we bought some of our seed last year. Click on the link, and it will take you to their website.

Here is what I have to say about the growing details:

We grew two varieties... the 2 inch strawberry did not fair as well as Tommy did :)

Make sure you water your corn, like they recommend... our field was not really near an kind of consistent water source (other than up lugging white pails out to it with the trusty Gator ... see below ... which we did from time to time...) But as you know, our summer last year was ridiculously hot and dry... and I believe the corn may have suffered as a result. I should say however that the corn did grow exactly as it says online. Perhaps I am just used to the big-ol-GMO variety of corn that we are all growing to hate.

Anyways, hope you enjoy watching it grow as much as we did. I would recommend growing it in blocks, rather than rows, to encourage good pollination. 

It is really fun to give as gifts once dried out. Our son gave some out at Halloween to his buddies in the neighbourhood, and we have enjoyed popping it in our SaladMaster pan :)

Our water-luggin' Gator... 

Site where we planted the corn (to the right)

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