Given the right conditions, sweet corn is simple to grow in the home garden. Three varieties of sweet corn--yellow, white and bicolor--offer a wealth of health and flavor benefits throughout the growing season. Sweet corn, originally a Native American dietary staple, has flavored tortillas, polenta, corn meal, cereals and salsas for centuries. Whether steamed, grilled, sauteed, canned or frozen, sweet corn is at the peak of flavor and freshness when used straight from the garden.
Watch corn stalks for the silking process to begin. Silks are the long, translucent strands that develop at the end of each ear of corn. From the first appearance of silk, it takes at least five days for pollination to be completed.
Wait 18 to 22 days after silking begins to start harvesting sweet corn from the stalks. When ears are firm, husks are green, and silk begins to turn dark brown, harvesting can begin.
Remove ears from corn stalks by grabbing the husk-covered ear and pulling it downward, then twisting and pulling it quickly from the stalk, generally in one motion.
Remove harvested corn stalks immediately, by cutting or pulling them out of the ground, and cut them into 1-foot lengths for composting.