Posted: 27/10/2012 at 22:05
The tassels are definately the male part, needed for fertilisation. The female part is the cob, the seeds are the yellow niblets - which you leave to dry out. I would rather eat them and buy a new packet of seeds next year. You grow corn fairly close together in blocks, not long rows, so that the pollen from the tassels can fall onto the female bits.
It's best to buy beetroot seed. Beetroot can be stored in damp sand, but cut the leaves off to about 2 inches and they must be young. Old woody beetroot doesn't store well. The best way of storing beetroot is to cook them and freeze them.