What’s a farm without some corn? I would never have jumped into gardening with a full-blown corn row, but farmer Ross, my husband, had other plans. Similar to when he ran a 30K (18.6 miles) without training, he decided his first crop in our garden would be corn. 🙂
How To Grow Corn
What seeds did I use?
I used the Ferry-Morse Organic Jackpot Variety Corn.
How did I plant the seeds?
I planted the seeds in a long row filled with the mushroom dirt mixture. The first round of seeds didn’t take because we did not mound up the dirt and rain water created a pond over the seeds. Make sure that you create a small hill for the seeds so that they have plenty of soil and rain water will run off the sides. Below is a picture BEFORE we added extra dirt to create a mound.
Make sure you leave a foot or slightly less of space between each seed. Even though the package may tell you more distance, the reason is that corn pollinate each other and they need to be close to do this.
How long did it take from seed to salad bowl?
This crop took just shy of 3 months to produce vegetables. Below is our row about a month after planting.
We took many fun farm pictures during the three months, including one of my daughter before farm day at school.
How do you harvest corn?
We twisted each ear while pulling downward and it separated right where the husk met the stalk. You can peel down the husk slightly and check the size and color of the kernels when you suspect the corn is ready. If you puncture a kernel it should have a milky juice when ready.
What did you do for pest control?
Sorry to break it to you, but if you grow sweet, organic corn, you will encounter caterpillars and pests trying to get the first delicious bites. From my research, we had a common case of the corn earworms. I didn’t snap any great pictures of the caterpillars (like I did with the tomato hornworms) but they are smaller, lighter in color and very hard to avoid if your growing sweet corn. Like the hornworms, we found the only reliable way to keep them away was to pick them off by hand – or in my case, by glove. (I’m not touching those suckers.) If anyone has a more effect pest control tips, leave it in the comments below!
How do you prepare corn to eat?
I peeled the husk and boiled in a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes. No need to wash or soak with vinegar – the boiling water should be sufficient to clean.
Jane’s Corn Review
Gardening skill level: Intermediate
Seeds: Ferry-Morse Organic Jackpot Corn
Garden space & soil: Partial sun, mushroom dirt mixture
Pest control: Hand picking earworms, neem oil
Seed to salad bowl (growth): 3 months
Washing: Remove husk
Have you ever have success with corn? Let me know in the comments below!
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