The picture below shows my popcorn and my planting helper, Sam Qadir. We just finished planting a couple of hours ago. There are 10 rows 10 feet long and I spaced them 1 foot apart. 100 corn plants in a perfect 10-foot-by-10-foot block. This has the potential of giving me a lot of popcorn—I wonder how much? Too much, maybe? No. Someone like me can never have too much popcorn.
We have had another typical nasty spring: windy, cold, hot, windy, cold . . . The ground never warmed enough to ensure the corn would sprout, so I took the safe way and poked them deep into 6-packs and stuck them on a shelf in the house until they popped up. This took only about 4 days. Then I set them outside in the sun every morning and back in every night until the winds stopped. It was 2 weeks from seed starting to transplanting—a much shorter time period than growing tomatoes, peppers, etc. I could learn to love growing corn.
This is the first time I have ever grown popcorn. If it weren’t for Organic Gardening magazine’s variety testing I might never have grown it. Now I am looking forward to popping, sharing, and telling my friends, “I grew this.”
A few garlic are growing behind the popcorn and a clump of spent daffodils is on the left. That is my ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate tree on the right. The blue garbage can stores the organic fertilizer that I blend myself. It is empty now—tomorrow is my day to blend a new batch of fertilizer, a dusty job. —Leslie Doyle, Las Vegas, Nevada