grow your own!

Sweet corn. - - THIS MONTH -

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.

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