Sweet corn is a firm favorite with many for its sweet juicy taste; it seems to be one vegetable children don’t throw too many tantrums about eating. Personally, it’s one of my favorites as I get to smoother the cobs with real butter and no one takes a bit of notice. Sadly the firstly lot I planted this season was robbed from my garden by the 6 degree frost we had earlier in November. My second planting is now in and growing quickly, I am wondering if this is because it like my spuds likes potato fertilizer. Recently, I heard of a wonderful family who encourage there children to plant a crop of corn each year to sell at their gate for pocket money!
When, where and how to plant:
Sow seeds when weather warms in spring. Either sow them directly in situ or in seed trays which can be transplanted. As corn can difficult to germinate you may like to buy seedlings from the garden centre. Good idea I say as I tend to have enough seeds to worry about in spring. Corn needs a well worked fertile soil to thrive. Apply compost or well rotted manure to soil prior to planting. Plant in rows with plants approx 30cm apart, having the plants close together will aid in pollination. Corn can be used as a support for growing Climbing Beans; this is a great space saving idea.
Keep corn well watered throughout the warm months. Stake and support where necessary. Apply liquid fertilizer through summer months.
Corn is ready when the silky threads at the end of the cob turn brown and wither. Harvest by snapping cleanly of at the base of the cob or by using a sharp knife. If you are not sure you can test by pulling back a few leaves on a cob. The husks dry well and make an excellent alternative to kindling wood when lighting the fire.
How to use:
Corn can be used on it’s own as a vegetable or in fritters, soups, casseroles and salads. Corn freezes well in the husk for up to 6 months. I like to cook it in the husk on the bbq or microwave it with its husk on and them smoother it in fresh real butter and maldon rock salt! Listen closely and you will be able to hear my arteries hardening. Enjoy!