The Sweet Corn

Zea mays

Cultivation

We sow on a permanent place outdoors, when the earth is warm enough (at least 10 ° C), or we cultivate/buy the shoots. We can sow it several times to have fresh panicles for longer. We do not sow close to normal corn because cross-pollination can diminish its sweetness.

Distances

Between the rows 70 cm, between the plants in a row at least 10 cm.

Position

With sunny skies.

Quantity

Three to five plants per person.

Date of sowing

On a permanent site from the second half of April to the end of July, for the first-seedlings beginning April It sprouts about a week.

Composting

In the autumn, we fertilize the earth abundantly with manure. We fertilize further with nettle mulch. Next to the corn, we plant one of the legumes.

Watering

Since the roots are not deep, during periods of drought, it is necessary to water it – when the upper 5 cm of the earth is dry, we water up to 15 cm deep. We mulch the earth with organic mulch or low plants to keep the humidity.

Diseases and pests

Maize beetle, corn moth. A fairly large turnover is useful (for two years we do not plant on the same place); in the vicinity, we plant marigolds.

Collection

We collect young cobs as needed. They are adequate when the silk on the cob is partially dry, while along the cob, it is still a little green. Corn can be frozen fresh or cooked.

Supply

We consume raw, cooked, or roasted panicles. When the beans are not yet dry, the dry ones instead can be ground into flour or semolina. It contains sugar, starch, proteins, and vitamins from group B.

Important

We have to hoe it several times and cover it with earth to develop additional roots – we can plant it in a hole that needs to be covered during growth. It needs a lot of nitrogen. We can sow it near the tall bean (three weeks before) so that it uses it as a support and offers nitrogen.

Special features

It comes from the normal corn that has a lot of sugar in the young grain.

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