SUM­MER SWEET!

The sweet­est corn comes straight from the gar­den and the best time to plant it is now! Buy seedlings from the gar­den cen­tre or plant seeds straight into the gar­den.

Kids Go Gardening - - Summer -

Grow­ing corn:

Choose a sunny shel­tered spot. Read the seed packet care­fully be­fore you sow. Make sure the soil is loose and crumbly, damp but not soggy and wet. Spread mulch, such as straw, around the plants to keep the soil moist. Wa­ter­ing is ex­tra im­por­tant when the cobs start to grow. Soak the soil thor­oughly once a fort­night. Feed with blood and bone or liq­uid fer­tiliser.

Did you know?

It’s bet­ter to plant corn in a grid rather than a straight row. This makes it eas­ier for the pollen to move from the tas­sels at the top of the plant to the silks be­low. Pollen is like magic fairy dust for corn. With­out enough pollen a corn cob is gappy, with grains miss­ing.

Across

2. Corn is part of the ____ fam­ily. 4. Cobs are ready to ____ when the silks turn dark brown. 5. Corn seed can be sown di­rectly into the __ _ _ soil. 6. A corn cob forms from the ‘ear’, which is a fe­male __ __ _ _. 8. A good month to plant corn. 9. A corn ker­nel is a_ __ _ .

Down

1. Looks like corn. 3. A fresh picked corn cob tastes sweeter be­cause it con­tains more ______ than one that was picked yes­ter­day. 7. Cov­er­ing the soil with mulch keeps it moist and blocks _ _ _ _ _.

TAS SELS

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