Wednesday, June 5, 2013

All About Growing Sweet Corn in the Home Garden

  1. Growing Your Best Sweet Corn

  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Sweet corn is a summer favorite for everyone. We all have fond memories of eating corn on the cob at summer picnics and grill-outs; it is an essential summer side dish. Many gardeners regard sweet corn as a garden staple that they cultivate every year. But, homegrown corn may not be the best crop for all of us. In this article, we'll explain the basics of growing your own sweet corn at home, and how to determine if this tasty vegetable is right for your garden.

    The first and most important consideration in growing sweet corn is space. If you are lacking for planting area, or if you prefer to garden in containers, then sweet corn is probably not the crop for you. Corn is pollinated by wind, meaning that it's essential to plant it in blocks at least four rows wide. If corn is planted in one long, single row, you'll get a disappointingly low yield of edible ears.

    Corn is a crop with sufficient water and nutrient needs. When planting corn, be sure to work a good fertilizer that's high in nitrogen into the soil. Throughout the growing period, add additional side dressings of an all purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer, as needed. Corn should be watered regularly. During the three or four week period from pollination to harvest, the plants should receive at least one inch of water per week. Setting up a drip irrigation line may aid in this process, and will also ensure that you don't disturb the plants too much during the pollination process.

    Corn is a vegetable that requires a long, hot growing season. Corn plants are easily killed by frost, and prolonged temperatures below 40 degrees will seriously injure the crop. For best results, corn requires a growing season of 75 to 90 days of temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Of course, very few climates will meet this ideal, but it's usually possible to successfully grow corn in all regions ranging from Mexico to Canada, provided that the seeds are not planted too early in the year.
  4. Corn Muffins
  5. Ingredients:

    100 ml of warm skim milk
    1 compressed yeast cake
    200g flour sifted bread
    4 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
    3 tablespoons white sugar
    1 medium egg1
     ½ teaspoons of salt
    1 ½ cups cornmeal


    1 In a bowl, mix the yeast with the warm milk and also add bread flour, mix well. Store in a damp place for it rises. In a bowl put the cream, butter, sugar, add egg, beating until it is light and stiff.

    2 When the sponge is small, add this mixture, and also the salt and corn flour. Beat well together. Pour this mixture into round muffin molds. Set aside and allow it to rise and bake in a preheated oven at about 185 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes.

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