Gardening is a hobby that brings a lot of joy and satisfaction. This post is a detailed guide to growing corn in a square-foot garden.
You’ve probably heard about the square foot garden before. It’s a gardening method where the gardener tries to produce the maximum amount of product out of a small space. Many people like this method because it allows them to enjoy their garden without having to spend too much time outside and getting dirty. The square foot garden is a great way to start your garden, but is there anything else you can do to improve your results?
We are growing corn in square feet gardens, and the results are amazing.
Square foot gardening for Corn?
Is it a good idea to grow corn in a square foot method? I tried doing 2 corn plants per square foot in a pattern that formed a diamond when 4 sq ft connected, and in the middle, I planted squash and zucchini. The corn grew only up to 5-6 ft and formed 0-1 ears of corn, most had 1 ear and the slower growing plants got the light blocked from reaching them so they made no ears. Next year I plan on doing 1 corn per square foot and a pole bean beside it so it can climb up the stalk of the corn. Is this a good idea or will the two plants compete for nutrients too much (I only put blood meal, bone meal, and compost at planting no more fertilizing besides a fish emulsion every other week)
How To Grow Corn In A Square Foot Garden?
Square foot gardening is a new way of gardening that is proving successful in urban settings. Rather than planting seeds in rows with 30 to 36 inches between rows, it uses smaller spaces. For example, a 30 x 30-inch space may contain four plants with each plant having a square-foot footprint.
That takes a lot of room for a small patch of corn. When you intensify your planting methods, you can fit a lot of corn in a small space.
Why would you want to grow your sweet corn?
The corn itself can be grown right on your farm or ranch, but if you want the absolute best taste, you need to pick it when it’s ready for harvest. When that corn is ready to be picked, it converts the starch stored in its cells into sugar, so the sooner you pick it the sweeter the corn will be.
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The BEST sweet corn is picked 10 minutes or less before cooking. This means the corn is at its peak freshness and can be eaten as soon as it is picked.
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Corn is a very easy crop to grow in your backyard. With the right care and management, your corn should start to grow in just a few weeks. Healthy soil is what will help to ensure that the corn grows to its fullest potential. The biggest challenge is to find a spot in your yard that gets plenty of sunlight.
Four years ago we were introduced to the Back to Eden garden method. If you haven’t heard of it before it’s all about using deep mulch in your garden and encourages the use of wood chips over other types of mulch. The wood chips help to suppress weeds, reduce the need to water, and as they compost leave you with beautifully rich soil to plant in.
One of the questions I’m often asked is how you plant your garden after you’ve covered it with a thick mulch. While there are some great mulching methods out there, the Back To Eden garden method is a simple way to combine square foot gardening and organic gardening methods to maximize yield, minimize weeding, and make your yard look awesome
When Should You Plant Corn?
Corn can be grown in your garden from March to August with seeds germinating in early spring. If you’re in zone 5 or 6 growing zones, corn can be planted in the latter part of May or the first part of June, depending on your local climate.
For those who want to grow their vegetables, you might consider starting seeds indoors now in the winter. When the weather warms up, it is time to plant your seeds in the garden.
Tips To Make Planting Corn In A Square Foot Garden
Planting corn is easy. It’s an annual crop and there are plenty of books out there on how to plant it. However, some helpful gardening tools will make your life easier! I would strongly recommend using a square foot planting grid. Once you’ve used it once, you won’t ever need to plant by hand again.
The next helpful tool is a planting dibber. These are tools that make pressing out a planting hole nice and easy! Again you can make your own or buy a nice steel coated one. The benefit of a steel-coated dibber is that it easily goes into the soil even if the soil isn’t as light and fluffy as you’d like.
How To Plant Corn In A Small Garden?
To get the spacing right, you need to create a grid of holes. We simply flip the grid over and make more holes. This keeps the spacing nice and even.
Mark Your Planting Area
The first step is to mark off where you want to plant your corn. To do this, we will use the Row-Maker tool in the Crop Toolbar. We can also mark off our crop by dragging the mouse into the planting area.
Prepare Garden Bed For Planting Corn
Rake the mulch back off your planting area. Then remove any weeds that have started growing under the mulch. Usually, there are very few weeds so they are fairly easy to remove because of the mulch.
Make Corn Planting Square Foot Holes
Your planting guide can be a big help in the planting process. Dig a small hole about 1″ deep and long enough to contain the roots of your plant. Place the guide in the hole, and then dig around the guide with your hands. The guide should stay in place and mark where you should plant your seed or bulb.
Plant Corn Seeds
Place 1 corn seed into each hole. Then, line up your planting guide and repeat the process for the next row.
Cover The Corn Seed
Cover the corn seed with soil. That way when I am planting my next section, he won’t have to cover the hole with soil.
Rake the mulch back over the top of your planting area and water it well. When planted close together, corn needs to be cross-pollinated by another variety. To do this, plant at least a 4-foot x 4-foot area.
When sweet corn is ready to pick, the silk turns yellow. When the silk is no longer white, that’s a good indication that the corn is ready to be harvested.
It should be brown and dry to the touch. Next, the cobs will start to sag away from the corn stock a bit. Press your fingernail into one of the corn kernels. If it’s ready it will start dripping a milky color. To harvest your sweet corn, hold a cob and pull it down from the corn stock, then twist it and it will come right off.
When picking your corn, you want to pick it as soon as possible because the ears are still plump and firm. This will ensure maximum sweetness and flavor.