So back in the fall, these pictures of this beautiful corn were making their rounds through the internet. I was forwarded emails. I saw it on twitter. I saw it on facebook. Beautiful corn that looks like it’s either been photoshopped or its some jeweler’s interpretation of nature’s bounty.
But it’s not. It’s an heirloom variety of popcorn, developed by a hobbyist and shared with Native Seeds. When I saw it, I thought, “Wow! Wouldn’t that be fun to grow!” And somewhat on a whim, I signed up to be on the waiting list.
When I got the email saying it was my turn, I felt like I won the lottery.
But then I started having second thoughts. I felt like I’d be planting gold, or something. Not that it was really that expensive, but this corn is special. What if I kill it? I do not have a good track record with corn.
Our first attempt was destroyed by hail.
Our second attempt was destroyed by geese.
Our third attempt was destroyed by drought.
A drought we’re still in, by the way.
And with corn this special, I could see myself being tempted to water under cover of darkness. And I could see myself being caught because anytime you do anything under the cover of darkness, you should really think twice before blogging about it afterward.
What if it survives, only to be pollinated by the miles of GMO corn that surrounds me? It’s not like I’ve ever actually bagged and hand-pollinated corn before.
I want to learn, but this is sort of high stakes, here.
Now, I could sell it on ebay. I looked there, just out of curiosity. Ten to fifteen dollars for TEN seeds seems to be about the going rate. The guy wanting $50 for his fifteen seeds has to be out of his mind. I could just divide up the package and make a tidy profit.
Except that I wasn’t really interested in this as a business venture. It was just a for fun venture.
And I really want to grow these little beauties and see if I can get some interesting ears of corn.
So I’m going to plant them and blog about them . . . and all the legal measures I undertake to keep them alive.
And we shall all see how my little project experiment goes.