By Madeline Malan and Rachel Elliott, 5th Graders
Who would have believed that in the peaceful city of Piedmont, such a huge jungle of Heritage corn could have grown? This style of garden provided enough food to keep multiple tribes of Native Americans alive for centuries.
Our garden is a three sisters garden. A three sisters garden includes squash of different kinds, scarlet runner beans, and (of course) corn. Each crop serves a different purpose. The corn’s purpose is to be tall so the beans have a natural trellis to grow on, the beans are a great source of protein, and the squash’s leaves cover the roots of the corn and beans so they don’t get all hot and shriveled up.
Starting on Oct. 12, Mrs. Costello’s 4th-5th grade split class, Mrs. Valva’s 5th grade class, and Mrs. Jepsen’s 4th grade class harvested the garden.
What did we do with all that corn? Well, Mrs. Smith made corn pudding with some and we’re saving the rest in the greenhouse so later, we can grind it into corn meal. Corn pudding was a traditional meal of the early colonists.
How did the corn get to be so tall? Our secret: fish emulsion and composted plants from our previous gardens. The corn got so tall (12-14 ft) that we looked it up on the Internet and found out that this kind of corn is the source of the saying “corn as high as an elephant’s eye”.
Thank you to the Baker Creek Seed Company for donating the corn seeds.