grow your own!
freshly picked sweet corn, devoured soon after harvest, is incredibly sweet and tender. In fact, it’s so tender you can eat it raw. Whether you add the kernels to salads, use them to make a delicious creamy corn soup, grill the cobs on the barbecue or whip up some more-ish corn fritters, sweet corn is a fantastic and versatile vegie. It’s easy to grow in your backyard, too, and mid-spring is a fantastic time to get started.
step-b -step swe e t corn
Out in the vegie patch, find a warm spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and enrich the soil by digging in some organic soil improver. Sow seeds directly into moist soil, 25mm deep. It’s best to grow sweet corn in blocks of short rows, rather than long ones, as this will help pollination and the number of kernels on the cobs. Seedlings will pop up in about 10 days. It’s important to keep the plants well-watered and fed regularly with a complete fertiliser to encourage lots of healthy stem and leaf growth, and promote plump, scrumptious cobs. Your sweet corn will be ready to harvest in 12-14 weeks. Snap the cobs off the stems when the fine silk at the end of the cob has just begun to turn brown.