Glass Gem Corn. The corn so beautiful it broke the Internet.

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I was at my neighbour’s house the other day dropping off some chives from my garden for her when I said something that felt a little ridiculous.  Not Westboro Baptist ridiculous, just normal ridiculous.  You may know the fun loving Westboro Baptists from their hit single, “God Hates the World” or one of their catchy mottos, “The Only True Jews are Christians” and “1, 2, 3, 4, God Hates the Marine Corps”.  They also hate “fags”, flags, Catholics, the Pope, Barrack Obama, Sweden, Apple (even though they use iPhones), Leonard Nimoy, pink buses, life, death, air, rainbows and anti-psychotic medications apparently.

What I said to my neighbour was “this is a very busy time of year for me with the harvest and all”.  The harvest and all.  Firstly, when did I learn to speak yokel? And secondly … the harvest?  I have a 20×40 foot community garden and a patch of front yard and I’m referring to “the harvest”.

But I’m telling you now, with Sweden as my witness, every spare second I have at the moment is taken up by picking vegetables, storing vegetables, canning or otherwise preserving vegetables.  The harvest.

 

 

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One of the things I happen to be harvesting is Glass Gem corn. Reader Kat mailed the seeds to me last year. I didn’t really know what they were at the time which isn’t surprising since Glass Gem corn was only unveiled to the world in 2012.

 

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Glass Gem corn is a variety that almost didn’t exist.  You see, years ago a part-Cherokee farmer in Oklahoma was known for being a bit of a corn breeding genius.  His name was Carl Barnes. Carl mixed and matched and bred different varieties of corn.   He planted and created corn that produced translucent, gem-like kernels.  He did this for years until he was satisfied he had created a variety of corn that would reliably reproduce what he had in his head.  A corn that looked like it was made up of translucent glass gems. Glass Gem corn.

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When Carl started to get on (there’s that yokel talk about), he passed his seed collection onto his seed saving protege Greg Schoen.  Greg was the one person that Carl trusted with his decades of work.  In 2010, while in the process of moving and not wanting to lose track of the thousands of seeds, Greg took a small portion of his collection to a seed saving institution, Seeds Trust.

Curious about these seeds, in 2012 someone from Seeds Trust planted a handful of them in their garden to see what this Glass Gem corn would look like.

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They were stunned to find corn with see through kernels in gemstone colours.  And every single cob was different.  The company posted photos of the corn on their Facebook page and within hours the corn pictures went viral, crashing their Facebook page.  EVERYONE wanted to buy the seeds.  The problem was, there weren’t any for sale.

Over the next couple of years Seeds Trust worked to produce enough seeds to be able to sell to the public.

 

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I have no idea how my reader got these seeds, but I’m hoping she’ll let us all know in the comment section.  I take my seed responsibility very seriously so I’ll be getting a separate garden next year just for my glass gem corn.  I’m hoping to grow 100 plants.

If YOU want to buy Glass Gem corn, there are many places that sell it on Amazon.com but if I were you I’d buy it from the original source Seed Trust.  By buying from them you’ll be guaranteed you’re getting a properly bred and selected seed.

I know you’re all excited about the possibility of eating this now, but Glass Gem isn’t an eat off of the cob type of corn.  It’s a grind into flour type of corn; a flint corn.  Before you get too disappointed, there are 2 other things you can do with this corn.  Use it for fall decorating because it’s SO much more impressive than the regular Indian corn you can buy.  OR … and this is the fun part … you can use it for popcorn.

Coming up on Wednesday I’ll be showing you 4 ways to decorate with Indian Corn using my Glass Gem corn because no matter what Pinterest tells you, tying 3 cobs of Indian corn together isn’t as easy as it looks.  For real.  Once Autumn decorating season is over I’ll be removing the best kernels for seed saving and the rest will get put into a glass jar for popcorn.

Because who doesn’t like popcorn?!  Then again.  Who doesn’t like rainbows?

112 Comments

  1. peg says:

    so pretty~will you be sending seeds to all your followers,please. or just one whole ear . 😀

  2. Jamieson says:

    That is a stunner! I imagine it’s even more beautiful in person than in a photo.

  3. Daphne says:

    We had trouble keeping up with “the harvest” this year, like you said, it take all our spare time! We had I think the best garden year I can recall this year. Still trying to bring in all the apples. Gorgeous corn, will keep my eye out when seed ordering. Thanks for a lovely post!

  4. Amanda says:

    Love this!!!

  5. Jan says:

    It doesn’t look real! LOL I’m sure it is, but WOW. I was so slack I didn’t even put in a summer garden this year (the winter one is going great), but with some seeds like this, I would dedicate the whole plot to just corn. I bet if you picked it before maturity as large baby corns you could eat it. Wonder if it has the beautiful colors before maturity. Next spring would you please check and see? Stunning pics!

  6. Therese says:

    Now that is some good looking corn!

  7. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Dammit . . . thought I was gonna be the first reply o’ the day since I was just sitting around reading on my iPad and my email went “bing” and I said yay in my head, I will be first. But no. And I’ve got nothin’ worthwhile to say either.
    Well, it is pretty corn. Dammit.

  8. Cynthia Jones says:

    Hmph!

    I had the brilliant idea of buying some for myself and my friend for part of her Christmas gift.

    The Seed Trust message says my country AU has been blacklisted.

    I dint do anything. Maybe they are worried about Australia’s weird quarantine rules. They’re happy to let us all go to Bali and have rabies/mange infested monkeys sit on our heads without spraying us on the way home, but “oh no, the dreaded corn kernel may have something icky in it that will kill our crops or spread disease”.

    Anyone want to send me some? I promise I will come and visit you in jail if you’re caught.

    • Natasha says:

      Lol that sucks…well I planted a whole small plot of these organic heirloom glass gem corn. I’d be happy to send you some when it comes time to harvest. You just pay the shipping.

  9. Cynthia Jones says:

    It’s the purtiest corn I ever did seen. Ahuh!

  10. Ritz says:

    That corn is some beautiful!
    Thank you, Karen.

  11. Patricia Polmanteer says:

    That glass corn (pop corn)is beautiful indeed. I fell in love with it when I got the information from the seed trust in 2014 to plant that year but with my husbands health issues I had to wait. I planted it late this year and is came up nicely. I can’t wait to harvest it and put it on display while it drys. I will be saving some to plant next (and all the following that I can) year. I am well please to see you post those beautiful pictures and write such a nice piece on it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Paula says:

    I tried to grow this corn this year, but it didn’t really work. There are some cobs but they are super skinny and I have yet to pick one.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paula. It sounds like it either a) didn’t get enough sun or b) was planted a bit too late for the ears to mature. It’s also possible they didn’t pollinate. Sometimes you need to help corn along to pollinate. The top of the corn grows a sort of flower on it with pollen. When it’s moved by the wind the pollen falls down and hits the new silk of the corn. Each one of those strands of silk on the top of your corn produces a kernel of corn! So if some or all of the strands aren’t pollinated you get corn that doesn’t grow any kernels. ~ karen!

      • Paula says:

        Thanks for the pointers. It was in sun all day with plenty of compost plus mulch and it was watered. I think that planted too late and lack of pollination are the most likely culprits.
        It is so pretty that I will try again next year.

  13. Pam...not the same Pam that posted earlier says:

    Darn pretty corn! I want to see what it looks like popped! Will the kernels retain any of their color?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pam! No, they won’t sadly. Sad, sad, sad. This blog is always filled with such sad news. It does however, produce delicious popcorn. I tried a few kernels that were very dry the other day and it pops up to be small popcorn but very crispy. Not at all chewy. Pretty much perfect popcorn actually! But it’s definitely plain white and you can’t even see the colour of the kernel at all once cooked. Luckily I don’t eat a lot of popcorn so mainly it’ll look great in a clear jar on a shelf. 😉 ~ karen

      • Adrienne says:

        Maybe you’d heard this but I read in a seed trust article, that the best kernels to pop are perfectly round without flat sides which won’t pop as well 🙂

  14. Hazel says:

    GB is also blacklisted 🙁
    We must have funny quarantine laws too (though we don’t have fruit sniffer dogs at airports like California)

  15. Marna says:

    Beautiful! I don’t normally grow corn, just every few years, might be worth trying, it is so unusual. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  16. Sharon says:

    That corn is gorgeous! Wish I could buy some in a store because I don’t have enough sun in my backyard to grow veggies and especially not corn. It looks great with the cobs tied together and it’s going to look so pretty in jars afterwards. During the winter when you look at that jar, I bet you think about your summer garden!

  17. Kathleen says:

    When I saw the first picture, I wondered what crafter had gone to all that effort to polish gem stones, model and mould something that looks exactly like a corn cob, attach the gems to it, and oh, and how did they make the dried leaves look so realistic? And then I read the post… the corn is so beautiful! So, so beautiful!

    And I am positive that South Africa doesn’t have such strict laws… and I am praying we aren’t blacklisted… off to find out…

    Thank you for this post! I am in love! (with corn!)

  18. Kat says:

    First off I am not the same Kat as the post mentions. I did however learn quite a bit about corn. Very interesting stuff and I never knew about the pollinating thing with all those silky strands. Beautiful photos Karen and great post!

  19. Kathleen says:

    Well now… I tried to find out… and the website “declined to show” me their site! I guess we are more than blacklisted!!!!

  20. hewett joan says:

    Dang! As a bead freak, I thought this was going to be some crazy DIY gemstone beading project that I would spent scads of money on! Now I’m going to spend scads of money trying to figure out how to turn this into a REAL gemstone corn!!! Will keep you posted!

  21. Alex Grady says:

    That’s such lovely corns! Didn”t knew it existed till now!

  22. Indy says:

    I have lovely corns too, but they don’t look like gemstones :p

  23. janeasinner says:

    I thought they were Beads. I’ve got Beads on my mind. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing! and for the Seeds Trust link

  24. Alexandra says:

    For those people who are “blacklisted” from the Seeds Trust (site): You could try finding a specialist seeds seller in your country. When I read about the Glass Gem Corn the last time Karen wrote about it, I found it here in a German online seed shop; which would be easier anyway with ordering/customs/whatnot. (I didn’t buy it because I don’t have space for corn on my balcony.)
    Personally I’d assume it might be better to buy seeds from a shop in your own country, because those will have been treated according to the law of the land, so for example in Australia you wouldn’t be planting illegal corn. 🙂

  25. SeaDee says:

    I. Want!

    • SeaDee says:

      And I ordered! And there a local Colorado company, so I’m going to pick up tomorrow. Julia from Seeds Trust is great so call her with any questions, especially about shipping.

      The best part is that the seeds are on sale right now! Support them!

  26. Lady Dream says:

    Oooo shinies!

    Can’t grow any where I’m at now, but will want some in the future! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  27. Hudson Valley says:

    yes, you can have your corn and wear it too.
    eons ago, I made some necklaces with regular hard corn.

    Simply soak in water to soften.

    not long enough for it to sproat. sprout.
    Then string using heavy needle, and, if you smart, use a thimble. Even soaked, it wasn’t easy to get the needle thru. gol dang, these w make a rootin tootin necklace.

    maybe even an ankle bracelet.

    send pix if you do this,
    me,
    ruth

  28. Debbie Bashford says:

    The seeds are $6.50 US for a package of 80, to ship this package the only option to Canada appears to be UPS Standard at a cost of $34.84

    • Karen says:

      Hi … I find many times if you just email the company and say HEY there, what’s with the huge shipping cost? they’ll find a cheaper way to ship. So much of shipping costs is automated that it’s sometimes difficult for a seller to adjust shipping types or costs to other countries in their “shop program”. ~ karen!

  29. BJ says:

    How cool! I might look into growing some myself or get some for my niece’s son to grow! Oh and I live in Oklahoma – apparently the Westboro Psycho Church (my term since they aren’t the kind of Baptist I know) doesn’t like weather forecasters either. They’re coming to Norman this week to picket NOAA Weather Station! I firmly believe there is a special place waiting for this type of hate filled, judgemental person, and it ain’t a’gonna be (yokel talk) the golden streets they’re thinking of!! I enjoy reading your blog, you’re very real. Oh, does the popped corn take on the same colors or just the kennel part?

    • Karen says:

      Sadly it looks just the same as normal popcorn BJ. It does however taste better. Smaller kernels that are fluffy and crisp. Not tough and chewy. Yes I’m sure the regular old Baptists of the world are thrilled that the Westboro’s have for some reason put “Baptist” into their name, lol. ~ karen!

  30. Sarah says:

    In 2013, we grew what we thought was traditional corn, from seeds purchased from Walmart. It was a fun thing to add to our “kids garden”. What we ended up with was very similar to your photos! Each cob was different. Some were blood red (very creepy) and others had pale jewel-like kernels. Of course we didn’t didn’t try eating any of it, but we had lovely fall displays all over the porch and dining table.

  31. mayr says:

    Couldja tell us how to undo the corn from the cob fer poppin?

    • Karen says:

      I will when I get to that post a little later in the season mayr. There are two ways to generally do it though. Just by rubbing the dried kernels off with your finger or rubbing two cobs together over a bowl. ~ karen!

  32. Karol says:

    Isn’t Mother Nature a marvelous thing… and the scientists who manipulate it! Beautiful corn!

  33. Jillian says:

    You made my morning with your opening few paragraphs, I am cracking up! lol
    I am in the same boat, between work and sleep, I am only harvesting, canning, drying, storing, etc. I feel very blessed with the abundance yet keep finding myself saying “what was I thinking planting so much!” I am so sick of green beans…..

    AND the harvest, and all comment. If I didn’t know you went to Tennessee, I would have said “have you visited Tennessee lately?” lol This is what they say in the South, along with “Y’all” My oldest daughter lives in Kentucky and fills me in when I”m not speaking proper Southern lol even though I live in the North

    Thanks for the laughs and of course, your info on glassgem corn. I will have to grow it next year.

  34. Beckie says:

    I bought some when you posted this back in the spring. I picked one ear (so far) because I was impatient and NEEDED to see it. So pretty.

    My ears are a bit smallish, but filled out quite nicely.

    I grow corn mainly to have the stalks for fall decorating, so if I get corn of any sort, it’s a bonus for me.

  35. Chris says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything just from reading someone’s blog, but I just went over to the seed trust site and bought two packets.

  36. marilyn says:

    it is simply beautiful!

  37. Liz M says:

    Thanks for giving the details on this corn. It is absolutely stunning!

  38. Lisa says:

    Westboro probably hates Gem Corn too! lol

  39. Christine says:

    What fun! Think I’ll order a packet. Anyway, corn needs to be planted so rows are tight and close together for good pollination. Also plant flowers nearby to encourage bees and hummingbirds. Maybe hang a hummingbird feeder nearby.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine. I should have mentioned that I planted my corn in a 4′ x 4′ square bed with 4 plants per square foot. So 64 stalks of corn! The ones on the inside didn’t do great and were a bit shaded but all the corn on the outside was perfect. I’ll just plant a little earlier next year. ~ karen!

      • Christine Mortimer says:

        Me too Karen but what I did but not so much on purpose was do a staggered planting so I’d have corn longer. Maybe that helped as it didn’t come up all at one time.Plus watered the dickens out of it. I already ordered a packet of the corn and am excited to try it next Spring.
        I love your blog and look forward to your weekly installments.

  40. Cindy says:

    Beautiful! Perhaps you intend to explain how to dry the corn in Wednesday’s post but I wondered if you peel back the husk before or after it dries.

    I really want to grow this corn but I don’t have enough sun on our property. Perhaps I can beg my BIL to use some space on his farm. It is gorgeous but popcorn, too- I love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cindy. Technically you’re supposed to wait until the corn has dried on the stalks before you pick it but there was no way I could wait for that. Besides, bugs and stuff were starting to eat it so I picked it when you would normally pick corn, peeled the husks up and let it dry. I actually have NO idea if this is the right way to do it but it’s worked so far for me. ~ karen!

  41. Mary W says:

    WOW, I will certainly grow that corn in my 3 x 10 flower border and forget the flowers. Amazing to look at and I eat air popped popcorn almost every day. How many people can eat their displays instead of storing them for next year – Karen you are a genius. I will be getting some ASAP.

    • Mary W says:

      Seeds ordered through Seed Trust. My next question is – never had to help corn pollinate but will need to as I only have a tiny plot. Any suggestions?

      • Karen says:

        I just shook the stalks a tiny bit when they flowers were on top and the silks on the cobs were showing, that’s all. ~ karen!

  42. Melissa in NC says:

    Beautiful!

  43. Sarah says:

    Wow! I have to get my hands on some of those seeds!

  44. Karin says:

    very beautiful corn, perhaps next year i shall give it a try. but… what about Greg? someone just took the seeds and is now selling them? i just hope Greg is part of the payout in some way. otherwise t’wouldn’t be right.

  45. I’d love to grow corn again, but every time I plant it, I suddenly find hitherto unseen raccoons in my garden and stripped corn and half-eaten cobs all over. How do you prevent this happening to you?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Madeleine. I was sure that was going to happen to me too this year but it seems our community garden fencing is finally keeping most of the raccoons out. I also put 8′ stakes all around my corn patch and enclosed it by stapling a loose netting on. Loose enough that the raccoons couldn’t climb on it. A lot of other people make makeshift electric fences (either battery operated or solar powered) around their corn to keep the raccoons out and it seems to work really well. You can get the stuff you need from any TSC store. ~ karen!

    • Jossephine says:

      Madeleine I feel for you. I had the same problem, by the time my crop of corn was ready there was none left. I haven’t planted corn in a few years and I was missing our own corn so I planted orchard corn this year to try it out and we placed a metal trap with marshmallows in it and we caught 6 raccoons which we released way…..way down another road. Word of advise raccoon’s love sweet things, skunks don’t, just so you don’t get a nasty surprise one morning.
      There is nothing like growing your own corn. My favorite for eating is White Corn.
      However the glass corn sounds sooo cool. For us Canadians some of us use companies over the border that we send our parcels to and save on shipping. Though they do charge $5.00 a parcel. Now with the exchange rate so high? Something to figure out.

  46. Erin says:

    “Harvest and all” is right. I’m up to my eyeballs in tomatoes and peppers (which is a good thing) but we’re getting work done on the house, and when the guys come I’m sure they think I’m slacking off. But the tomatoes on the counter are different ones every couple of days. I’m roasting as fast as I can. Let’s not even mention the kale!
    Beautiful corn variety- thanks for sharing the story.

  47. Tigersmom says:

    So pretty!!!!

  48. Tigersmom says:

    Ok, I scrolled back up to admire the photos again and I have to compliment you for color coordinating your green pants to the green in the corn kernels. I know that was no accident.
    And who is the maker of your awesome gold (but not over the top GOLD!!!) flats?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Tigersmom. Hmm. I actually can’t remember. I have a couple pairs of gold flats. I think those ones are from Joe Fresh. ~ karen!

  49. Barb says:

    This corn is beyond beautiful, if that can be said about a vegetable. Thanks so much for sharing, Karen!

  50. Patty says:

    Awww. I’m very jealous of your corn. I planted some this year and it never made it. We had a very rainy June so it was planted later then I would have liked. Only a few stalks ended up growing and they only made it waist high. You could see the pretty colors the cobs had started developing. Oh well, there is always next year.

  51. Jody says:

    That’s beautiful corn. A couple of questions from this City Folk. On a corn stalk how many cobs of corn are on it? One or multiple? Secondly, if this is ground into flour what colour is the flour?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jody! The corn will just grind into regular looking flour. And you get 1-3 cobs per corn. Normally only one though believe it or not. ~ karen!

  52. Gorgeous! They look like glass beads. And wait, the kernels can be used for popcorn?!

  53. kelli says:

    I’m not sure I could eat that (in any fashion), it’s too beautiful! Although I bet it makes popcorn even funner than it already is!

  54. Liz says:

    A-Maize- ing 🙂

  55. Mary Kay says:

    I want to see the popcorn!!! I wish I had an area big enough to grow some of this…maybe it is time to petition the township for a community garden!

  56. Jennie Lee says:

    Here’s another idea for your glass gem corn! When I was a kid, I once used colored popcorn to make a mosaic. I just drew a design on cardboard, and then used Elmer’s glue to glue the particular color of corn I wanted into each section of the design. Your corn comes in so many colors that I’m sure someone could make a beautiful mosaic!

  57. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    So pretty Karen..I immediately thought of dying it and making it into a necklace..bracelet and earrings so you can tell that I make jewelry…It would be so gorgeous…old Carl was a smart man…I also hope that Greg got some money for the corn that they stole from him..As for the Westboro Assheads..they came here a few years ago…to a little old country town down the road..the people there that day were burying a young soldier who was killed in action..his family was devastated by his death..but very proud of who their boy was and the sacrifice he made..The country folk came from miles around to block the roads and any passageway that the so called protesters might get through to the funeral proceedings at that little old country church with the cemetery in back..It was a beautiful thing to see them pack up and head for home..they weren’t going to get the attention the sought that day..Love and honor was standing in their way…Sorry I rambled on..I can’t hear any mention of those idiots without thinking of that day..Now it is just one of those memories that stay with you for a lifetime..

    • Nancy Blue Moon says:

      I meant drying it..not dying it..it certainly doesn’t need that..lol..

    • Karen says:

      Good for those town people! Ridiculous nutjobs wandering around making asses of themselves protesting funerals of soldiers. Asses. ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        I can’t think of a more hurtful thing to do to these soldiers families..I don’t think we will be seeing them around here again…

  58. Barbie says:

    Just showed these pics of your corn to my 92 yr old uncle (who usually is our garden guy) …. He is in hospital at the moment and he just lit up with a huge smile when I showed him your corn ….. Thanks for brightening our day! That is the most beautiful corn!!!! I may try some of those seeds next year.

  59. Jennifer says:

    This isn’t a corn comment, although that really is gorgeous corn. No, this is a tomato seed comment. For the first time, I’m trying fermenting two different kinds of heirloom tomato seeds according to your instructions on an old post. Also, a question: have you ever had a tomato seedling sprout from compost? My guess is that the compost process does the same thing in dirt that letting seeds mold in water does. My tomato sprout is now a huge plant, right in the middle of a dahlia patch! It started at the wrong time of year, just now blooming, and even here in central California I’m sure I won’t get anything but blossoms, but it’s been fun to watch. Don’t know if this makes sense, but this tomato-from-compost convinced me to try the aforementioned seed saving. Wish me luck!

  60. Larissa Stretton says:

    Karen,

    Your corn is beautiful! My friend grew this to decorate for her son’s wedding. She had some left with some pink kernals, since pink is my all-time favorite color of all time,, she gave me several ears. I happily tucked them into my window box among the gourds and mums. Stepped back, admired them, then went into the house to do some chores. Not 5 minutes later, I heard something outside the windows, yep, the darn squirrels stole every ear!

    I hope your beautiful corn doesn’t suffer the same fate!

  61. Maria says:

    Did you ever read the story of jack and the beanstalk? This one is Karen and the corn kernels. Instead of selling my cow to the farmer, well, you get the drift. I ordered the some of them thar corn y’all

  62. Claudia says:

    How beautiful and unique!
    The topmost cob on the third photo looks like it’s been glued of jelly beans, though.
    That might be a substitute or Halloween decoration idea while I don’t get hold of the seeds, tee-hee.

  63. Darla says:

    Karen,
    Thank you so much for the beautiful post! I am in Oklahoma and have to have this for next year!!
    Off to order now…

  64. Julia at Seeds Trust says:

    Hi Karen! I got an order today and in the comments this lovely customer told me they heard about Glass Gem and Seeds Trust from your blog. THEN I got a phone call from another lovely customer who again let me know about you and your blog and I am SO PSYCHED about this. I am totally in love with Glass Gem, I am so so thankful that you linked to Seeds Trust in your post and I am also so glad about you totally nailing the history of this corn, which is so important. Your photos are GORGEOUS. I’m sending you a gift thank you package and spreading your blog to all my peeps! Thank you so much and I hope your harvest rocked this year. Also, I’m looking forward to your tips on decorating with Indian Corn 🙂
    gratefully, Julia at Seeds Trust

    • Julia at Seeds Trust says:

      Also, shipping aaaggghhh. Yes, an email or a phone call is so helpful if anyone is having issues 720-335-3436 julia@seedstrust.com. My site is really old BUT I’m in the middle of building a new one in order to address these things once and for all. Black listed countries due to persistent and server-debilitating hacking attempts. I am going to take off the black listing and see how it goes. Another issue to be resolved with the new site, thankfully.

      • Cynthia Jones says:

        Holy crap. I am so glad I went back over this post and saw this one from Seeds Trust. I will try again to get me some purty corn seeds. I will then send some all the way over to the West Coast of Australia to my friend. That’s if Quarantine doesn’t microwave the life out of them on the way through.

    • Debbe Van Ness says:

      I loved reading this post!

  65. Cynthia Jones says:

    We know about the Westboro assheads here in Australia. We got a program called “The Most Hated Family In America”.

    Doncha just love how one little post can bring folk altogether as a commooonity. Goshdang it, makes my heart ache and ma houndog hump on ma leg extra happy.

    “It’s so strange. When I write things like this I feel as though I am just talking shit with my girlfriends and not holding back one bit.”

  66. Debbe Van Ness says:

    Had to look at the colors again. I swear, the greens and browns look like agates. So, so pretty.

  67. I was one of the lucky early ones who was able to buy 50 seeds of Glass Gem. I’ve also visited Native Seeds in Tucson, AZ, where they’re sold. I grew it in 2013 and everything about it was beautiful, including the support roots of the stalks. We popped it and truly, it’s the best tasting popcorn I’ve ever had.

    http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/2013/03/glass-gem-corn-from-native-seeds.html

    http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/2013/08/about-that-glass-gem-corn.html

    http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/2013/09/glass-gem-corn-harvest.html

  68. Kim says:

    OMG! Gorgeous!! I can’t wait to learn more about it. Thank you again Karen :0)

  69. Jossephine says:

    Thanks Karen for letting us know about this corn. I received my 5 packages for $25.00 and they readjusted the postage cost.
    I can’t wait to plant it though my husband is not happy at all. He was hoping that I would not plant corn next year as he got real sick of catching raccoons and moving them elsewhere. I think he got 7 or 8. lol

    • Karen says:

      Tell me about it! You have to move them FAR away. And they’re ANGRY, lol. I didn’t have them this year but I have in the past. I’m thinking of doing an electric fence around my chicken coop and I know people also do them for around corn. You can run it off of a battery or solar charger/battery. Maybe it’s something you’d like to spend your winter figuring out. 🙂 ~ karen!

  70. Jossephine says:

    Sorry this is off the topic but I would love to have chickens so they can eat the thousands of bugs that drive me nuts and distroy my crops. I have 2 gardens (because of walnut trees) and thought I could put the coop in between and fence all around. We live in a hamlet and I believe animals other than cats and dogs are not allowed. Our neighbor rents out his pasture to a farmer so we have to put up with flies flies and more flies because of the cows. We understand it was grandfathered before this ruling and once the farmer stops putting his cows in the field no one else will be allowed. Something else I will have to look into just to make sure it is not just a rumor. I really want chickens!!! However I don’t think I could afford the fencing as I have a really big garden. lol Have you grown Sweet Potatoes yet? Sorry I haven’t checked your other blogs. This is my third year and I finally got enough worthwhile!

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I’ve grown sweet potatoes for several years. If you search “sweet potatoes” in the search bar under the photo of me holding the fish all the posts will come up including how to start your own slips. I always get a good haul. This year I ended up with around 50 or 60 pounds but the tops were chewed off of a lot of them because of stupid voles. I’m curing them right now. Are you familiar with how to cure them so they taste sweeter and store longer? If not, there’s a post on it, lol. Chickens are good with bugs, but I’m afraid the bugs will always win. :/ ~ karen!

  71. Jossephine says:

    Yes I just finished curing them, I got over a bushel full not sure how many pounds. I got in contact with a author of a book I bought by Ken Allen “Sweet Potatoes For The Home Garden” author. Green Spade Books. Kingston ON. 1998. 204pp. Available from Mapple Farm in New Brunswick or from himself.
    He had told me that growing our own slips your yield would not be as much. Why he said that I don’t know. However this year I tried growing my own slips plus I bought some from “Burt’s Greenhouse” who Mr. Allen suggested. website http://www.burtsgh.com. The slips were more reasonable then elsewhere but the shipping was more expensive. The other new thing I did was to raise our horrible clay soil in rows which I think really did help. The slips I bought did way better then mine. lol Can’t wait to taste them..later near Christmas. Thanks Karen you are probably right about the chickens and the bugs!

    • Karen says:

      My slips grew fine and had good yields. Mapple farm is where I order my slips from normally so I ordered some from them as well as started my own. They all did about the same production as far as I could tell. So maybe you didn’t start your slips early enough. You need to start them as early as March to get a good slip. 🙂 ~ karen!

  72. Jossephine says:

    Yes Karen I did start them the first part of March however, I have only one window which is suitable to place them but the window has a draft. I even placed a towel down. They did not start to grow until I placed them in the porch the end of April when it warmed up. My first year I bought from Vesseys, 2 year I bought from Mapples and this year from Burts. I was impressed with Burts as the slips already had roots and looked healthier. Here is to Sweet potatoes!

  73. Maria says:

    I bought this from the Seed Trust and planted ir this year. It’s about five inches high now. Hopefully it will make some corn

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