Varieties and types:
A number of types are available from the cream and white coloured cobs of 'honey and pearl' through to the long yellow types like Florida Super sweet. Heirloom varieties are available from specialist seed companies.
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. 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 to grow 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.
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.