Learn how to grow sweet corn in your backyard vegetable garden. It's easy!
If you have the space, it's quite simple to plant and care for growing sweet corn at home.
All you need to plant corn are some simple garden tools and supplies.
It helps to have access to a garden tractor or rototiller to prepare the garden soil.
But if needed, you can always dig your garden with a spade.
If you haven't yet tried freshly picked sweet corn from the garden, you don't know what you are missing!
If you have the space, grow some extra corn for canning or freezing for winter use.
When learning how to plant sweet corn, space corn hills 30 inches apart in the row and leave 3 feet between rows.
More home gardens are ruined by overcrowding than by any other factor, except perhaps weeds!
Many gardeners refrain from thinning seedlings adequately.
It is very hard for some of us to pull up your cute little seedlings when they seem to be flourishing.
But too many seedlings in a row act just like weeds and take away essential nutrients from your corn crop.
For vegetable gardeners who want to get more corn per foot of space, the smaller growing varieties might be spaced 8 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart.
However, the later varieties such as 'Golden Cross Bantam' should be spaced at least 15 inches apart for good ear production.
By over-spacing corn, you are generally compensated with more usable ears and some sucker production.
Sweet corn makes very rapid growth during the time when the crop is maturing.
When learning how to grow sweet corn, it is very important to keep the plants well-watered during the growing season.
The water need is greater from tasseling time to harvesting.
In very hot and dry weather, rolling of the leaves may occur in midday even when soil moisture is adequate.
Plants will lose water faster than roots will absorb it.
Although, if the leaves roll, check the soil for dryness.
When Spanish explorers first saw corn plants (which the natives called maize) growing they were very intrigued.
The plant stood taller than a man and had thick ears covered with grains the size of garden peas.
The Native Americans grew it for food and the visitors to the New World reported that it was most tasty, roasted, boiled, or ground into flour.
Americans still have a love for corn products including: corn dogs, corn chips, popcorn, and cornbread.
We want to help gardeners get back to their roots with some tips on how to grow sweet corn.
The word corn has meant many different things throughout history.
Originally, any hard particle, grain, sand, or salt was called corn.
Corned beef got its name because it is cured with salt.
Both barley and wheat were called corn in the Old World.
Maize was first known as Indian corn and later shortened to just corn.