I love the idea of decorating with cornstalk bundles. My mom does it every year, I bought some last year at a local farm, but this year I wanted to make my own from the stalks in our garden!
It was so easy, here’s how you do it.
Cut down cornstalks and remove from garden (or ask your husband nicely)
Arrange the stalks until they’re staggered to your liking. I prefer to arrange them at different heights, with a couple of tassels sticking up higher than the rest. You’ll see that the stalks are not all lined up at the bottom. This is okay!!
Find some wire, and cut two pieces about yeh big (1 yeh = about 6-8 inches)
Pull with both hands and TWIST! As tightly as possible! Once that initial twist is TIGHT, keep twisting until your wire stays put.
Twist and tuck your wire until it’s hidden behind a few corn husks. But don’t be picky about it, you’ll never see the wire when looking from far back.
Carry your cornstalk bundles to your spot and somehow secure them into place. I wedged ours in behind our really big (free) planters, and they’re not going anywhere. Those things are heavy.
You might want to place yours in a weighted container, or tie it to your container if it’s wimpy. If no container you could always put a nail in the side of your house and hook the wire on there.
I bet you’re wondering how our corn did and how delicious it was. Well… it didn’t do so well. I think part of the problem is that our corn may have cross pollinated with the corn in the field behind us?
We had some weird looking franken-corn
and these little green bugs :-/
But all in all we have enough for a few meals, which is fine in my book. Maybe a little disappointing, but now we know what we’re working with and can improve on it for next year.
But we did get AWESOME popcorn! Stay tuned for a post on that…
Did you grow corn in your garden?
How did it turn out?