Cucumber as big as the sweetcorn

I decided it was time to investigate one of the sweetcorn cobs. Was it ready or not?

In the same patch, there was also a cucumber which I felt was ready to pick, even though it was very small. But as you can see, it was much better formed than the sweetcorn.

I’m not totally au fait with how sweetcorn develop, so perhaps the kernels at the end of the cob would have matured and turned yellow. However, the ones I did eat were superb. Nothing like anything you could ever buy, so fresh were they. I think I will leave the other cobs a bit longer, though.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Cucumber as big as the sweetcorn

  1. Sharon says:

    Sweet corn straight from the plant is fabulous, isn’t it. I think the cob is showing signs of pollination problems. Next year, give the tassels a really good shake – that’s why it’s recommended to grow corn in blocks, so they have a better chance of pollinating each other.

  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    echo above. Sometimes I nab a few tassels and brush them over the cob (fronds?)

  3. skyeent says:

    You’ve done great to get sweetcorn. I haven’t managed here since my first summer in the polytunnel. I keep trying because I love it so much. I remember my mum used to buy it by the sackload in September in Oxfordshire. We used to blanch and freeze it wrapped in clingfilm – it made a great quick lunch.

  4. How good does homegrown corn taste! Amazing. I wonder if the lack of water was the cause of the small cob?

  5. We’ve had similar problems with sweetcorn – good to know a likely cause.

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