Corn is sim­ple to grow

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE EDUCATION - WILL WATER­FORD

CORN is one of the sta­ple foods of the world for thou­sands of years, it has been used to make flour, make pop­corn and, my favourite, sweet corn eaten raw or cooked with a lit­tle but­ter.

Grow­ing corn is as sim­ple as putting some seeds about 20cm deep into some good rich soil or some Herb and Vegetable pot­ting mix as they grow very well in a pot.

Plant them in a square or rec­tan­gle block for ex­am­ple three plants wide and four plants deep.

This way they have less chance of be­ing blown over and you get bet­ter pol­li­na­tion.

For the plant to set ears, the pollen from the tas­sels at the top must de­posit onto the silk of the ears. So plant them out of the wind in a sunny spot.

When they are about 300mm high add a mix of Blood and Bone and Po­tash at a 10 to 1 mix.

De­pend­ing how many you have but let’s say, 10 ta­ble­spoons of Pure Blood and Bone to one ta­ble­spoon of gran­u­lated Po­tash.

And then re­peat it again in about six weeks.

As they are a leafy plant they need plenty of wa­ter.

Wa­ter un­der the plants, not the leaves, as wa­ter­ing from above can wash off the pollen. To see if they are ripe, pull back the husk.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Shane plants corn seeds.

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