Tips for Planting Sweet Corn in Your Vegetable Garden

Sweet corn is a late comer to the world’s food markets. Commercially produced in the US, it was first cultivated in South America more than seven hundred years ago. The hybrids that you see in supermarkets were developed after World War II in order to make a better corn with the same yield and with a longer storage life. Because of its late entry to the markets, sweet corn is now experiencing unprecedented popularity. And with its recent push into grocery stores, it has surpassed the much more familiar acorn variety, becoming even more popular.

If you are considering planting sweet corn for your family, there are some very important factors to keep in mind. Sweet corn requires a certain amount of moisture on a regular basis. It is best planted when the weather has been warm; at that point, you should water about twice each day, especially if you’re using sprinklers. The soil should be firm; it will absorb water quickly, and it’s a good idea to have your area professionally tested to find out what type of soil you need. Once the garden begins to show promise, you may consider lightly tilling the area with a light sand or compost to break up the soil a bit and improve drainage.

When planting sweet corn, you must follow the directions carefully-no matter how experienced you are at gardening. When choosing seeds, the best ones to choose are from established lines. This means that your seeds will be produced by your mother plant, not by cross-pollination from other plants. Cross-pollination can occur if your plants are in poor condition when producing the seed. Your best bet is to buy plants that are bred specifically for your area, so as to ensure that your offspring will flourish and grow well.

When planting sweet corn, you need to pay special attention to the soil you’re planting. Corn requires a very acidic soil with a pH of approximately 4.5 in order to germinate, thrive and even grow. Some of the more common varieties that germinate in acidic soils are: African Violets, Bush Hops, Kentucky Bluegrass, Sweet Corn, Queen Anne, Bermuda Pink, Anise, Pigna Andrada, Dogwood, European Columbine, Bermuda and Queen Anne. There are some varieties that tolerate alkaline soil to a certain extent, but most will do better with acidic soils.

As you begin to plant your sweet corn, it’s a good idea to use a light application of fertilizer within a few days after you spread the seed. For younger plants, follow the manufacturer’s direction for the fertilizer to be applied in pounds per acre. As the plants grow, they’ll need more fertilizer, so keep that in mind when determining how much to apply.

After planting sweet corn, you’ll want to start re-arranging your cover crops to deadhead those unwanted weeds. It is recommended that after corn is planted, at least four to six inches of grass should be covered with either Bermuda grass or an equivalent grass that has similar growth habits. This should remain a cover throughout the growing season, especially if you live in an area that has a lot of weeds. However, after corn is planted, you can deadhead the grass and re-grass the land in order to improve the soil’s fertility.

While planting sweet corn, you should also follow some important steps that will help to ensure the best yield possible. These tips include using compost, ensuring adequate watering and ensuring that you give the plants the right amount of sunlight and nutrients. If you plan to put cover crops or vegetable gardens over your crops during the harvest season, there are a few important tips that you should adhere to in order to protect your crop as well as your vegetable garden. One thing you want to avoid doing is covering your vegetable garden with dirt or burlap. You should instead use bags and hooks to stake down your cover crops or vegetables so that they won’t get damaged by the weight of the soil.

After planting sweet corn, you should take some time to check the crops each day to see if they’re growing properly. In order to ensure proper growth and development of the seeds, you’ll need to remove the seeds from the plant each day. To do this, you should either hand pull the seed from the plant, or use a pitchfork that will effectively dig up the seed without damaging the plant. Once you have removed the seed from the plant, it’s time to store the seeds in a plastic bag and move them to your vegetable garden for planting next year.