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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Painted Indian Corn

My son created a small traditional garden space for me and fenced it in to keep our ducks out.  I originally thought that I'd plant potatoes in this new garden...

But then I started thinking about growing corn!

A few years ago, I purchased and planted some Indian Corn.  The ears are so pretty!  They're multi-colored or "painted".  I didn't have a large crop from my first planting but kept the ears and dried the corn.

I was trying to remember the specific name of this Indian Corn... so I went to google for help.  While searching I found Painted Mountain Corn!  It's a beautiful painted corn developed to grow in high altitudes, poor soil, thru harsh weather like wind, hail, and drought.  So... I ordered some!!!

As I continued reading about this Painted Mountain Corn, I came across the name of the Indian Corn!  It's called Mandan Indian Corn!

So... I'm getting this seed in the ground LATE!  It matures in 90 days, which translates into 9/20!  I'm hoping the weather stays nice thru the end of September!

I will consider this year's Painted Mountain Corn crop, an experiment!  

I have a large pasture south of the house and would consider planting a significant crop of Painted Mountain Corn (oh my gosh... I'm turning into a farmer!), if this experimental crop works out for me!

Goal: Grow my own corn feed for my Ducks!  

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