If you're looking for a tender and sweet corn for your home garden, Peaches & Cream might be the answer. This variety of sugary-enhanced hybrid corn has a sweet and creamy taste. Peaches & Cream's growing season is about 83 days, keeping it midway between the short season varieties and the longest growing corn. Sugary-enhanced hybrids are designed to keep their sweet flavor longer than standard corn, so you have the ability to store this corn for a short time without losing much of that just-picked sweet flavor.
Plant sweet corn about two weeks after all danger of frost has passed and when the ground can be worked easily. If you are not familiar with your local frost dates, check with your local extension service or the Farmers' Almanac.
Dig the ground where your corn will grow to the depth of 12 inches. Mix in a 4-inch layer of compost. Corn needs to grow in a block instead of in long rows because it is pollinated by the wind, so plan on a square or rectangular corn patch.
Plant corn seeds about 12 inches apart and about 1 1/2 inches deep. Plant rows of corn 2 feet apart. Keep the rows in a square formation, with more short rows instead of one or two longer ones. Water the soil thoroughly.
Give Peaches & Cream seedlings at least 1 inch of water per week. Hybrid sweet corn is very dependent on the right water amounts for producing a good harvest, so use a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of water in your garden.
Place a layer of straw, dried leaves or other organic mulch around the corn plants when they are about knee-high. This will help to prevent weeds that take needed resources out of the soil.
Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer like fish emulsion twice during the season. Sweet corn needs a lot of nitrogen for crop production, so add an extra application of fertilizer if the Peaches & Cream leaves begin to turn yellow.
Pick your Peaches & Cream corn about 80 to 85 days after you planted the seeds. Cook as soon as possible after picking for the sweetest fresh corn taste.
Things You Will Need
- Peaches & Cream corn seeds
- Fish emulsion
- Straw or other organic mulch
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