Cooking and Yard Tips

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News Release: Georgia Department of Agriculture
July 3, 2014

Consumer Questions:

Q: I’m looking for some new ideas for boiled corn-on-the-cob. Do you have any suggestions?

A: We don’t know how new they are, but here are some ideas:
Give the ears a squirt of lime juice or a pinch of chili powder after they have cooked. Try olive oil or another oil instead of butter. Try a sauce of mayonnaise with a little lime juice and chili powder. Sprinkle parmesan cheese or crumbled mild cheese on the ears.

How about flavored butter? In a food processor, purée a softened stick of butter with some chopped garlic, a few tablespoons of lime juice, a teaspoon or two of chili powder, salt and pepper. Another idea is a mix of butter with fresh basil leaves, lemon zest and lemon juice. You may want to purée a roasted or canned pepper with butter and use it as a spread.

Softened butter mixed with mild-flavored honey is good, especially if you have an ear that is older and starchier than one that is freshly picked. The sweet-hot combination of honey and chili powder or a hot pepper may be an exciting change.
If you have never had fresh Georgia Grown sweet corn, give it a try. It is available now at farmers markets, grocery stores or directly from the farm. Fresh sweet corn is good enough to eat plain, but since it is readily available don’t be afraid to experiment to add a little variety to your menu.

Q: I purchase white ears of corn at the market while my husband always picks up yellow. Is one color corn sweeter than another?

A: While different varieties of sweet corn may differ in flavor, sweetness and color, the color itself does not have any correlation to the corn’s sugar content. People's preferences for corn color are based largely on where they're from and what they ate as a child. If you always eat white sweet corn, make this the summer you try yellow or vice versa. In the spirit of compromise you may want to select a bi-color variety with both white and yellow kernels on the same ear.

Q: What tips can you give me on planting and tending to a Knock Out rose so that I will have beautiful blooms?

A: The main advice is to plant it in a sunny location – the sunnier the better. This is true for practically all roses. If you can’t provide a full day’s worth, then make sure it gets lots of morning sunlight. Morning sunlight dries the dew off the leaves. Wet leaves enhance the spread of fungal diseases. Knock Out roses are more disease resistant than many roses, but it is better to provide the best conditions in order to prevent possible problems.

If you have red clay, improve the drainage by mixing finely ground pine bark mulch with the clay when you are planting. You should work in some compost as well. If you have sandy soil, add compost. Mulch with pine bark, pine needles or another organic material.
Choose a fertilizer formulated for roses or a general one for woody shrubs and trees. Knock Out roses in the home landscape do not really need much or any fertilizing in most cases. Too many people over-fertilize and cause more problems.

Prune it in early spring to keep it the size you want, and you can prune it throughout the growing season by cutting off blooms to share with your friends and loved ones.