Oooh! Get me, growing Mini-Sweetcorn. I bought the seed as a bit of an afterthought really. I saw it for sale on a seed website and as I was buying some other things I threw it into the basket with a view to maybe having a go.
And this year I did! My normal sweetcorn came to nought (something ate the seedheads). But then, from nowhere, came the dark horse. The small, insignificant (in truth, half forgotten about) little seedlings from the Mini-Sweetcorn seeds started to romp. And boy did they grow. They ended up about a foot taller than my regular Sweetcorn.
In my mind I had expected some sort of miniature plant sporting miniature cobs. In reality, Mini-Sweetcorn turns out to be the same size as regular Sweetcorn with more cobs that are smaller but also longer and thinner than usual.
The difference comes when you open them up. Inside, you’ll find what looks like small, unpolinated corn. Infact this is Mini-Sweetcorn. Ready to eat and ever so slightly more buttery than the ones you buy in the shops. Coool.
There is a downside. The plants are, well, huge and I only managed to harvest two or possibly three cobs from each plant. That means a grand total of (drum roll please) 12 Mini-Sweetcorns. Yey!
So I dedicated a whole swathe of my tiny plot to growing err… 12 Mini-Sweetcorns. Right, okay. Well I’m glad I grew them at least once. Now I can say I’ve done it, I just won’t be doing it again.