Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Little Corny - Rural Thursday

Is your corn feeling bloated?  A little crampy?  I know just the thing.

Sorry, if I was going to write about corn, I might as well be corny, right?  My Dad says that if you put a drop of mineral oil on each ear of corn when the tassles show up, it'll keep worms out.  So consider my corn well lubricated!
And that's all the gardening tips you'll get from me now, as my garden is doing horribly this year.  It's a real bummer.  Next year I have got to get some compost brought in.

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37 comments:

heyBJK said...

Sorry to hear about your garden, but your post cracked me up! We're so dry here that gardens and entire crops are failing.

Madge Bloom said...

Lol.. never heard of that use, but I put a drop or two in my ears when I have ear aches (warmed up a little of course) and I can attest that it does help. (That tip came from my mom, born in 1911)...

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Lisa. Great pictures you show. A tip to beam spots on roses. Spray on the leaves every 10 day with skim milk - it must be skimmed. Wishing you a good Thursday. Hugs Hanne Bente

Jacquelineand.... said...

Very corny! Your dad is right, mineral oil does work well and so does putting a leg from used pantyhose slipped over the ear.Not only will it keep corn earworms away, raccoons hate it too!

Barbara said...

That is a good tip to know if I ever grow corn. At the moment I am just trying to keep my tomatoes alive!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We have had such odd weather this summer. Do you think that has affected your garden?

Buttons said...

I have always heard this also. I did not even plant a garden for reasons to be revealed:) Lots of work I am sorry yours is not doing well. It is a a hard year for gardens. B

Terri Buster said...

Well, I've not heard that one before. Might have to give it a try the next time we grow a crop of corn.

Jill said...

You are so funny! Laughing here. Sorry about your garden though.

bailey-road.com said...

Your corn looks good. We tried growing corn in our Earthbox garden one year. It did well, but the squirrels got most of it.

Emily said...

Ah. It's too bad your garden isn't doing well this year, but that's a great tip!

TexWisGirl said...

too funny!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love your cornball sense of humor!

I have never heard the mineral oil treatment, but it certainly sounds safer than other solutions.

Sorry about your garden--this heat is so hard on everything.

Do you have power?

Sally said...

If I grew corn, I'd use your tip! That's a bummer though about your garden. :)

My grandmother took a tablespoon of mineral oil every single night, and she lived to l04 1/2! :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting tip about corn... I guess (where we have been getting ours) they must have used the mineral oil since our corn-on-the-cob has been terrific so far this summer. No signs of worms nibbling!!!!

Sorry about your garden. We all have had such a strange year weatherwise this year...

Loved your 'corny' post!!!! ha ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Andrea (ace1028) said...

This made me chuckle -- and probably think dirty thoughts. Be careful when you get the hits on lubricating corn. It might not be too pretty. ;)

Crafty Gardener said...

An interesting tip for corn. I had not heard of that before. I don't currently have room for corn, but I can dream.

Yael from www.HomeGardenDiggers.com

tiarastantrums said...

mineral oil is actually really good for a lot of things!

Mama Zen said...

My garden is a disgrace this year. I blame the dog.

Mary said...

I'm with you on the bringing in of compost. I can make some, but it is so small in amount, to what I would need. Next years gardens will rock!

T Opdycke said...

Good tip! I'll have to write that down for when I grow sweet corn. As for the compost, I hear ya!

Tanya said...

oh i'm so sorry you are still without power. our water was running short since we are on a well too but our neighborhood was lucky that a big truck came full of water for us with a generator. i hope your power comes back on soon...today seems to be hotter than yesterday.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Is it because of the heat intensity that things are doing so poorly this year?

Amish Stories said...

For a min I thought you were doing a commercial for "Beano",lol. Richard from Amish Stories

Becca said...

I wish I could even grow a garden. Last time the bugs wrecked it before it could do anything significant. :/

Out on the prairie said...

It seems I may have tried this one year. I notice less of a problem by planting early.

Mama Goose said...

I am glad to hear I'm not the only one with a frustrating garden right now. My cucumbers have downy mildew, my pumpkins aren't fruiting, my tomatoes have blossom end rot and my bee balm never sprouted.

But I'm a novice, so I'm trying to be happy the butternut squash is doing well and some of the tomatoes seem to be growing and ripening. This 100 degree heat is scorching everything.

Candy C. said...

I will have to remember your corny tip if I ever attempt to grow corn again! :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Hmmmmmm.... Did you ever put epsom salts in your dirt? It is suppose to be great for the garden.

patty said...

i don't garden, though i wish i had the time and space for it, but i usually do have some potted plants... this year, just two. praying they survive the heat!

patty @ www.findingserendipity.com

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Haha, what a cool tip. Lubricate your corn ears. My garden consists of one tomato plant that's had little green tomatoes on it for several weeks. When the heck are they going to ripen?! Oh, well, thanks for the tip. :)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Last time I tried to grow corn we has some critters eating the corn right off the cob and leaving it hanging from the stalk. I need to pass on your information. My daughter in law is growing corn this year. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend.

the cuby poet said...

Gardens here are suffering from excessive rain and cold for the time of year. Thanks for the corn tip but not a garden vegetable here, grown by farmers as cattle feed!

Nancy Claeys said...

All I have is tomatoes and squash this year -- both seem to be doing okay. I did read about this trick with corn somewhere -- I hope it works for you! xo

Debbie said...

hehe...here in new jersey, end of the season corn always have worms in them....

all i have living right now are tomatoes and a few hydrangea blooms.

it's just been too hot to water and really enjoy anything!!

Roan said...

Now that's a tip I've never heard before. Of course, it won't do me much good since we can't grow sweet corn around here. Deer love it. My brother planted an acre of sweet corn and only had a few ears left for humans to eat.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sorry your garden isn't doing well.
Interesting tip from your dad. So how do you know when the corn is ready to be picked?