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home grown cornGot a big backyard?

If not, then experts suggest you bypass this space-hungry crop for sweet corn available at the local farmer's market.

Even with limited space, you may be tempted to discover for yourself that it's true what they say about corn on the cob cooked up only minutes after picking. Nothing else compares.

Whether boiled, grilled or steamed, fresh sweet corn is in addition a rich source of nutrients including vitamins A and C, magnesium and iron.

To begin planting, seeds need a soaking in water for at least 24 hours to get a running start on germination.

During their 12 week growing cycle, plants require full sun, a deep bed of rich well-drained soil, and copious amounts of water during peak summer months to fully mature. Again, garden area is an important factor since plants only produce one or two ears per stalk.

Generally two weeks from the time corn silk appears is when sweet corn is ripe and ready for picking. In the U.S., watch for common corn pests such as flea beetles when plants are young and tender, or corn earworms and corn rootworm beetles as the cobs begin to mature.

Especially in southern US states, also watch for Stewart's wilt where the bacterial disease is most prevalent.

On the Web - How to grow corn


Watch Your Garden Grow - Corn - Browse through a comprehensive guide with information on planting, growing, water & sun requirements, fertilizing, including an extensive list of varieties and characteristics, troubleshooting tips for pests & diseases, nutritional benefits, serving suggestions and related recipes.

Sweet Corn : Getting Started - This is an online tutorial from the National Garden Association on soil preparation, fertilizing, pollination, general care & maintenance, harvesting tips, with related corn lore & trivia.

A-Z Master Garden Manual - Sweet Corn - Get basic facts & information on cultivation, common problems and suggested remedies, plus tips on harvesting and storing

Growing Sweet Corn - Here are expert tips & advice on where to plant with illustrated layout, watering and fertilizing tips, plus recommended varieties and photo gallery.

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