A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Harvesting sweet corn


It’s that time of the summer again! All summer long, we’ve spent a day and a half a week weeding, neeming, feeding and generally caring for our little veggies.

It’s always worrying, kind of like being a new parent! You bring the little plants into the world, you worry while they are delicate and spindly, you can hardly stand to let them out of your sight. And then, when  you least expect it, they’re all grown up!

Well, ok, it’s not exactly like being a new parent, because you get more sleep and they don’t cost as much money! But when your sole source of vegetables is your own garden, it is kind of traumatic when things go wrong – and they always do!

For example, take our sweet corn crop. You probably have already seen my pictures of our corn as it grew. But I didn’t tell you what a trial growing corn has been for us!

It’s supposed to be fairly easy to grow, but for us, it hasn’t been. The first year it went really well, so we were pretty cocky about the whole thing. The next 3 years? Almost nothing. Small, spindly stalks, poor germination, tiny little ears, and so on. Or, one year? Eaten by boar, right down to the ground.

So it was with some trepidation that we planted corn yet again this year. We just had to, though, as home grown corn is just sooooo good! And lo and behold, it went really well! We picked it all today, and within 3 hours, it was blanched, bagged and frozen. Come December, we’ll be enjoying that corn like you wouldn’t believe! Mutual patting on backs will be observed at Casa Tyr!

Casa Tyr sweet corn (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Harvesting sweet corn

  1. Yum. our local corn was great this year too.