Twin fodder shocks heralding the way up the main porch steps of our farmhouse.
I love fodder shocks. They’re so country. They add tons of homey charm and they’re free. What’s not to love? Now’s the time to grab your corn stalks and start decorating! If you don’t have corn of your own, ask a neighbor or friend who has corn if they plan to use theirs. If they don’t have some for you, maybe they’ll know someone who does. Network a little and you might find someone who knows someone who would let you have their corn stalks. Some gardeners just plow over them (the travesty!), so you might get lucky and find someone happy to let you take them. Tie them on posts or poles, set pumpkins around them.
Or a chicken.
Fodder shocks are simple to make–just cut down the stalks, tie them in bundles, and you’re done!
About the only thing growing in my garden right now are wildflowers.
And plenty of ‘em.
Not to mention chickens. I’m growing a bunch of hens in there.
The corn that was still left wasn’t worth anything. It was too late.
So down the dying stalks came.
The scarecrow is looking a little the worse for wear…..and creepier than ever. He watches me whenever I’m in the garden. He makes scary threats under his breath. He made a grab for me as I was gathering the corn stalks. I fought him off! Gardening is very, very dangerous, but I try to be brave.
I barely escaped alive with my fodder shocks.
I hope you don’t have as much trouble getting yours!