Security Under a Corn Tunnel

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I was really surprised today when I looked out my patio door. I could see rhubarb growing underneath it’s “cages”. I had not expected those plants to be that large already. It did not seem that long ago that my husband suggested I put some corn tunnels over them as they were just starting to break through the soil.

Rhubarb is a tenacious perennial; but I think the “girls” out-tenacious the rhubarb.  Before we put the protective corn tunnels over them the girls would spend hours just scratching and digging for whatever they could find in the dirt around those plants. It was getting to the point that the poor plants were losing the battle against the chickens.

I have found that if I want to have any rhubarb to freeze for muffins or use to make jam I had best protect them till the leaves are really big. A few years ago my husband brought me some corn tunnels to use to protect them.

I should probably explain what a corn tunnel is for those of you who have never dealt with storing ear corn in a corn crib. When you put ear corn (field corn that is picked and not combined) in a crib you put these wire tunnels along the bottom of the crib to help with aerating the crib so the corn will dry on the cob and not rot and turn to compost.

We have found these corn tunnels work great for a lot of garden plants and flowers that you want to protect from rabbits and chickens and who knows what else. Once your plants are mature enough you can remove the protective tunnels and let them thrive on their own.

I think there are times in our lives when we are like those new shoots coming out of the ground in the early spring time. We need “corn tunnels” to help protect, shield, and give us security from the things that would scratch and dig at us before we are ready to handle that kind of treatment.

In these last few weeks of recuperating I have felt like those rhubarb plants with their corn tunnel protection. I have been shielded, nurtured and protected by so many friends and family. It is truly a humbling experience; but oh so very appreciated!

I have observed others during their times of needing that same kind of help and it is wonderful to see people close in around them to take care and nurture. I have also found that it is such a blessing to part of the nurturing crowd.  It does take a conscious effort to do that and I find you cannot blindly ignore those hurting around you.

In this week before Easter I would encourage you to be the security……. be the corn tunnel for those put in your path. Be the one to step up and nurture them, give a word of encouragement, and be the blessing to someone else.  I have a feeling you will be greatly blessed in return.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully,
everyone is blessed.”

Maya Angelou




48 thoughts on “Security Under a Corn Tunnel

  1. devisecreateconcoct says:

    A timely post. I just transplanted my romaine lettuce, kale and arugula outside in the balcony. On the second day we had major wind and it was even windier on the 21st floor!!! Will have to devise a way to protect my plants from the winds.

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    For children, corn tunnels might be parental homes. For adults it might be spouses and their care but for all that, we each need to realise that our ultimate corn tunnel is our Lord and his comfort.

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  3. A Nenes Life says:

    That rhubarb sure does look pretty. I had no idea it was a perennial or what a corn tunnel was. Thanks for the education.
    I don’t know if I like the taste of it,rhubarb that is. I only remember my mom growing it in her garden as a kid and not wanting to try it because it reminded my of celery, which I still don’t like. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and good luck with your gardening.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Rhubarb is pretty tart when you just eat it raw. As a kid my cousin and I would put salt on it after we had “peeled” it. It is much better baked into pies, muffins and made into jam. It also grows really easy once you get a piece of it started. The red stalks are better than the green variety stalks…..take less sugar to sweeten.

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  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Ah Rhubarb – have tried to grow it here in Arkansas several times and it always dies. Grew it all the years we lived in Arizona (with great success). Made the best strawberry / rhubarb pies in Arizona. Very good way to protect that rhubarb from your hens. Pampering others when they are ill or need help is great. 🙂

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  5. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I really learned some new information from your post!! I have never, ever heard of corn tunnels! You are right…we can step in to be protectors for many people we meet. Sometimes just a friendly smile and greeting puts a “lift” in someone’s day!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I thought I had better explain what corn tunnels were if I was going to mention them. I figured if a person had never used them they wouldn’t know what they were. And then once I mentioned them it kind of hit me we can all be “corn tunnels”


      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Very smart of you to come up with that analogy! I have been thinking about your corn tunnels today in comparison to our “tree tunnels”. One of the smaller roads leading into our neighborhood is very curvy with trees on both sides…in one location. When the trees are getting full this time of year…it is like driving through a tree tunnel. Very peaceful to me. Several years ago, there was talk that the city wanted to widen the road in that area and people had a fit! Turns out most everyone loves the tree tunnel!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        When I was a kid the street down past our house was lined with huge maple trees. They canopied over the street and also looked like a tree tunnel. In the years since the town has taken them down because they said it interfered with the street. It still looks bare to me. I really like those trees.
        Glad you got to keep your tree tunnel.


  6. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Dearest Chicken … I’m sorry to probably be the last person to comment on this post, but I’m still attempting catch up… I feel like I’m getting there, and then when I turn around another bundle of blogs have been updated and I’m starting all over again. tsk tsk.

    You, Chicken, are one of my own corn tunnels. You have this way of slowing me down and reminding me that *it* (whatever ‘it’ is) really doesn’t matter and holding out your hands and showing me what does matter, and reminding me of that which I need reminding of.

    Bless you for being who you are, because I love who you are.
    Heaps of love and a ton of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Not to worry on being behind on blog reading and commenting. I am in the same boat at present. Lately I tend to read and comment on a whole waft of them at a time. You know….the older I get the slower I go…..that is my excuse!
      I find if I type about what I am thinking on it also slows me down and makes me focus on what is important. It is good therapy for me LOL.

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        lol… I know exactly what you mean.
        Glad to see you are still heading in the right direction, and getting even better! (That was going to be: betterer … then I realised that it wasn’t a word so had to change my mind)

        Sending gentle, but big squidges ~ Cobs.x

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        Yeah… ALL the words I’ve made up (and are still making up) should be in the the Dictionary. … Although mind, my son-in-law has what I think is a standing joke that he’s keeping (or making) a book of all my ‘isms’.

        I told him I thought that was a ‘brilligog’ idea. He collapsed with laughter and said “well that one’s going in!” lol.

        Several weeks later, he revealed that I’ve infected him, and he uses some of my made up words, and confessed that he caught himself using ‘brilligog’ at work, many times! LOL.

        Serves him right for laughing at me. lol
        (Little Cobs uses brilligog too).

        Thrilled you’re getting betterer all the time. Can’t wait until the day that you’re better altogether. 😀
        Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  7. Regina, Catchy Sketch says:

    You are so true, as always! Really good idea with using corn tunnels!
    I used to have a similar issue with squirrels feeding on succulents in our patio and digging in pots. Finally I came up with an idea of putting all succulents into a big pet crate. So succulents are safe now.

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