I’ve grown corn in the garden before, not to eat it but or the decoration. Since corn is so subsidized in America it doesn’t seem prudent to grow it for sustenance in a small urban garden when you can buy it for 10 cents an ear at the grocery store or the fruit and vegetable trucks that dot some Chicago neighborhoods. Even so there’s something about gardeners in Chicago growing corn in their yards that brings a smile to my face. I mostly spot corn growing in Hispanic neighborhoods and it never seems like enough to yield a decent crop or even enough tassels for proper pollination, but still they grow it. I often wonder if growing it is a way reminder of their home countries or a way to remember agrarian lives. This year I spotted corn growing in the most unusual place. In the photo above that grow of corn is growing at Ohio exit of the Kennedy. It was planted as part of Chicago Gateway Green project by Garrett Popcorn shops.
Do you grow corn in your garden? What’s your harvest like?
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