How to Grow Corn

A cob of freshly picked corn dropped straight into boiling water is one of the most delicious foods. If you give time, effort and space, you can grow your own corn.

The first thing you have to do is to consider the time of year. You need to grow corn in a field that gets plenty of sunlight and has fertile soil which drains well. Otherwise, the seeds will just rot in the cold, wet soil. Your crop might also get flooded when it rains.

Planting

After any danger of frost has passed and the soil has begun to warm up, you can start sowing seeds directly into the soil. Plant them an inch deep and spaced six inches from each other in rows three feet apart. Water them right after planting. Water them again if it doesn’t rain two or three days after.

Apply fertilizer every two or three weeks so that the corn will grow faster. However, don’t overdo it as too much fertilizer can make the corn toxic and inedible.

Pest control is an important part of growing corn. You need to watch out for earworms, deer, and birds. For earworms, you can put a few drops of mineral oil on the ears. You can also apply insecticide every few weeks. This will prevent pests from ruining a potential harvest.

You can just set up a perimeter to prevent the deer from getting to the corn. Put up a scarecrow to scare birds or make a lot of noise to drive them away.

Your corn will take 65-95 days to mature depending on the variety. If you want to harvest the corn as early as possible, you might want to consider selecting different varieties when you plant it. You will be able to time the harvest this way.

Harvesting

To harvest corn, wait until the silk has dried and turned brown. , Pick the ears in the morning if you’re planning to store the corn. Corn is at its sweetest at this time.

If you’re planning to eat some right away, drop them in a pot of boiling water right after you pick them. This will ensure that you get the tastiest corn possible.