Lis­ten to the Corn Grow

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an acre of land near Liver­more, Cal­i­for­nia, my hus­band, Dave, would till the gar­den each spring so I could plant seeds and tomato seedlings. We usu­ally had car­rots and radishes, and one year, cu­cum­bers for pick­ling. Of­ten there were long, close rows of corn.

The seeds were planted some­time in May, and by late July we were har­vest­ing our own de­li­cious fresh corn. The seed packet said “70 days to har­vest.” Con­sid­er­ing that corn stalks grow more than 6 feet tall be­fore the ears ma­ture and the silk sets, they have to grow more than an inch a day.

We en­joyed sit­ting out­side later in the day. Even days that were 100 de­grees or more would typ­i­cally have a cool­ing breeze start­ing about 4 p.m.

Our gar­den grew no­tice­ably, es­pe­cially the corn. We could see the dif­fer­ence as we sat there, visu­ally mea­sur­ing a stalk against some­thing in the back­ground. It could grow an inch or two be­fore we went back in­side.

And yes, we could even hear it grow, with an oc­ca­sional snap or pop com­ing from the gar­den’s di­rec­tion when there was noth­ing else to break the quiet.


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