The Excellent Sorghum: Ah Ha! That's what is in our garden

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The Excellent Sorghum

By dave
April 25, 2016

Sorghum is in the grass family and is closely related to corn. In fact, when it's young it is nearly impossible to differentiate it from corn. If anyone ever tells you they have volunteer corn in their garden, you can sound smart by guessing that it's sorghum.

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Name: Elaine
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Apr 24, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Thanks Dave for this nice article. Last week at the school garden we noticed a couple of plants that looked exactly like corn. But we have never planted corn.

However I've been raising seedlings at my house for the school, and I'll bet some sorghum seeds from my bird feeder got into the transplant pots.

I thought it was millet, but the millet seed heads aren't nearly so big and generous as the sorghum.

Maybe next fall we'll try planting a whole bed of sorghum, and do a lesson on all its uses, too. Everybody wanted to plant corn and I've been saying it just takes too much space, water and fertilizer. But we sure can grow sorghum in a 4 x 8 raised bed!

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Apr 24, 2016 7:58 PM CST
It grows wild here and there in my garden, self sowed. Yes, hardy. Even growing in the cracks of the driveway. Must start from the mixed birdseed that I toss out for the backyard songbirds around here.

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Apr 28, 2016 12:55 PM CST
Wow, I knew I liked sorghum syrup, but that's about all I knew about sorghum until your article -- thanks! I'm glad you mentioned Johnson grass, because that was my first though when looking at your sorghum photo. I've battled it for enough years that I'm not sure I could plant sorghum on purpose... I'd probably be yanking it up before I remembered I meant to grow it!
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