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Corn reveals the seasons

Late summer garden

Tassling sweet cornCorn is my summer garden calendar.  I plant new beds of sweet corn every two weeks in spring and early summer, but the harvests don't come in two week intervals.  Instead, cold soil slows the growth of early beds, long days and hot weather speed up midsummer corn, and then fall beds are stunted by shortening daylight.

With only two plantings of corn left in the garden, I know winter is coming.  So does the corn.  Our latest planted corn is tassling short, bound and determined to at least set some seeds before the frost.  I tried to explain that we still have six more weeks of summer, but the corn wasn't listening.

I figured the corn had a point, so I've been washing extra loads of laundry to take advantage of the last of the summer heat.  Winter blankets and coats are much easier to dry in August than they would be in November and it'll be nice to go into cold weather with everything clean.

Our chicken waterer keeps the flock well hydrated on hot summer days.


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