Archive for August, 2010

Have you ever seen such a thing?

Worms attacking organic corn is practically unavoidable! Corn ear worms are 1- to 2-inch caterpillars that are green, yellow, pink or brown with a white stripe and black legs. They pupate into tan-colored moths with a 1 1/2- to 2-inch wingspan. Typically only single eggs are laid within the silk. When the ear worm larvae hatch from the eggs, they feed on nearby leaves and their feeding can stunt the overall growth of the crop. However, the worst case of ear worms is one where the worms have fed on the silks which can result in poor pollination and interrupted kernel development. Corn ear worms can produce several generations within a growing season. Quite often when harvesting you may find an ear worm nestled on your corn, having eaten a little bit of it. You can read more about these pests and see pictures (warning they are gross) at this link here, created by the great University of Kentucky Sweet Corn Pests.

I have a wonderful neighbor that last summer kindly passed ears of his corn over the fence for our family to enjoy, but he’d always warn of worms. “Just cut that part off” he says, well I can’t do it! It’s really gross to have worms on there even though we all know it’s part of growing our own vegetables. So off to the net I go to find an organic solution, and what do I find? This! Off to the dollar store I ran to get some knee high panty hose, yup! Just put them over your corn ears as soon as they begin to grow and you when they are ready to harvest you will not have worms in them, relief! It does look quite funny and at times I do have to remind people that visit my garden – they are all new hose! Let me tell you there is nothing better than a freshly grilled piece of wormless, home grown corn, enjoy!

Green beans from the garden…..

Here is a pic of today’s harvest. This bucket went over to Doug and Jennifer. In the pic below you can see my sweet niece, Erin the harvester, taking it over to them. They really appreciate the fresh veggies, it’s so nice to share.

Snap beans, string beans, and pole beans are the immature pod and beans of dried legumes. All of these will mature to produce fat seeds and tough inedible pods. The nutritional profile of mature dried beans is very different from that of green beans. Green beans are a good source of carbohydrates. They are a moderate source of protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin C and beta carotene. The beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. Green beans also contain small amounts of calcium and other trace nutrients.

Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup fresh cooked fresh green beans)

Calories 15
Dietary fiber 1.6 grams
Protein 1 gram
Carbohydrates 3.5 mg
Vitamin A 340 IU
Vitamin C 7.5 mg
Folic Acid 21 mg
Calcium 31.5 mg
Iron .4 mg
Potassium 94.5 mg

This info was borrowed from Vegetable Directory of Beans there is a ton of valuable information on this site if you care to check it out.

A beautiful 75˚ southern California day.