|Broom corn seed packet|
But forget I wrote that.
The only secret I am revealing on this, my second anniversary of joining SGAFO, is the new crop I’m growing in the vegetable garden this summer.
Without further delay, taunting, or teasing…
It’s broom corn!
Did you know that broom corn is not edible? Yes.
Have you ever wanted to grow broom corn before, is this some fulfillment of a lifelong goal? No.
Why do you want to grow it now? See page 4 of the Botanical Interests seed catalog.
What if I didn’t get the Botanical Interests seed catalog? They have some information about broom corn online, but the whole story is in the catalog. Suffice it to say that in 1781, Thomas Jefferson listed broom corn as one of the most important crops of the time. Ben Franklin actually found some seeds for broom corn on a hat brush from England in 1725 and was the first to grow broom corn on this side of the big pond. Now that I know all this, I had to add "grow broom corn" to my gardener's life list. One thinks about their gardener's life list a lot on any anniversary of joining SGAFO.
Won’t the broom corn take up a lot of room in the vegetable garden? I actually may plant it somewhere else in the garden, as a backdrop to flowers. We’ll see.
What will you use the broom corn for? That depends on how much I grow. I might end up just letting the garden fairies use the seed heads to make their own brooms. Wait, that’s a dumb idea… garden fairies aren’t that tidy. I’ll at least make a whisk broom.
Is broom corn really corn? No, broom corn is really a sorghum. But corn and sorghum are both in the Poaceae family of plants.
Will you still grow corn? Yes, I am still going to grow some sweet corn.
Are you really old enough to be in SGAFO? Yes, but I am a young member.
When will you reveal the other 20 secrets? It’s kind of late. I’ll have to get back to you on that.