Corn on the cob, grilled corn, corn pudding and corn salad are delicious ways to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Growing your own corn at home is an easy and budget-friendly way to begin a vegetable garden. Container gardening is ideal for growing corn, as it saves space in the yard while still producing the same delicious results.
Select at least two 20-inch containers. The depth of the container helps protect corn stalks as they grow.
Purchase a package of corn seeds from your local garden center or order through a seed catalog.
Add pebbles to the bottom of the pot. Pebbles will retain soil but allow water to drain out of the pot. Fill the containers with a garden soil designed for container gardening.
Place three seeds of corn in each 20-inch pot. Seeds should be planted 4 inches apart and about 1 inch deep.
Water the seeds, making sure the garden soil is moistened throughout the pot.
Place the pot of corn in a space that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day.
Fertilize the corn once a week with a plant fertilizer. Add 1 inch of water to the corn each week.
Harvest the corn when you notice the corn silk has turned brown and the husk is a dark green. Peel the husk away from the corn cob, and prepare as desired.
Things You Will Need
- Flower pot
- Garden soil
- Corn seeds
- Try growing several varieties of corn throughout the season.
- Wrap excess corn in freezer-safe paper or plastic wrap, and freeze for up to six months.
- Over-fertilizing corn results in damage to the appearance and taste.
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