Ears of corn straight from the garden taste much sweeter
than the ones found in grocery stores. Here are some tips
on how to grow your own.
Find a rectangular bed in your garden about four by twelve
feet square. Corn is pollinated by the wind blowing the
pollen off of the tassels and down onto the developing ears
of corn on the plants next to them. Plant 4 rows spaced
about 30 to 36 inches apart.
The soil should drain well and have a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.
Plant corn in full sun and where the plants will receive 8
hours of sunlight each day.
Plant in May or even until June when the soil temperature is
about 60 degrees. Corn seeds planted in cold wet soil will
rot and not germinate.
Prepare the bed with lots of compost or aged cow manure.
Corn likes a very fertile soil.
Plant the seeds about one-half to one inch deep. Plant the
seeds about 3 to 4 inches apart and then thin them to one
foot. Corn doesn't like to be transplanted so to make sure
there are enough plants for each row it's best to plant more
Water the seeds and keep the bed wet until the seeds
Then water with about an inch weekly. Corn has long
taproots so can tolerate a lot of hot temperatures but still
needs regular moisture to produce tassels and healthy ears
Control weeds by hoeing often.
Fertilize the corn plants when they are 12 to 18 inches
Corn will usually produce one to two ears.
As soon as the ears have a filled with kernels it's ready to
harvest. About 3 weeks after the silk appears the ears will
be ready to harvest. The silk will be dried and dark brown.
Pick early in the morning. Store on ice or in a
refrigerator. The longer corn sets after being harvested
more starch there will be in the kernels.
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Marilyn Pokorney is a freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
environment. She also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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