Sometimes I question my Fellow Man. Is it really sane to do SO MANY projects in the garden in one season? Why grow three different varieties of corn, saving seed from two of them? So much work. So much detail.
This is Glass Gem corn. In larger group shots it doesn’t look like much, but holding an ear in your hand, letting the clear near Autumn sunlight strike it, I’ve never seen corn like this before. It is art.
Carl Barnes put over 25 years into developing this amazing living diverse seed from native corn stocks in and around Oklahoma. His student and friend Greg Schoen worked on it some more, and then began to share. You can read the whole story in this very nice article from Mother Earth News. This is not your standard “indian corn”.
We bought a packet – just one – and planted a short row. Paul tended it with amazing care and hand pollinated it so it would not cross with the sweet corn next door. It worked.