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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Monday, 5 September 2011

How Do you know when sweetcorn is ripe and ready to pick -

The Easy Ways to tell Sweetcorn is Ripe

There are clues that your sweetcorn is ready to pick and these are the ways to tell -

1. The tassels of the corn on the cob have turned brown, this is the tassels that show at the end of the leaves (inside the leaves away from the light the strands stay a light colour.

You can also see that the cob is a fully formed corn on the cob shape.

2. If you peel the leaves back gently and just a little way 

(with the sweetcorn still attached to the plant so that it can grow on if it is not yet ready to harvest) 

press a seed kernel with the tip of your fingernail, so that a little of the liquid inside it oozes out.  If the liquid that comes from the corn seed is creamy in colour then the sweetcorn is ready to eat.  

If the liquid is watery looking - leave the sweetcorn cob on the plant it is not yet ripe.

If the texture of the liquid is thicker and almost doughy then it is a bit over - ripe but you can still eat it.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote