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Growing Corn in A Small Garden--The Harvest

August 14, 2013

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My corn continues to ripen, but we could use more sun and blue sky to hasten the process. 

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We had corn again for dinner last night and probably will tomorrow night. About a dozen ears remain. I’m very pleased with ‘Sugar Pearl.’ Here’s some catalog verbiage that describes it well:

Silvery white kernels are tender and sweet. Ears average 8 inches with full blunt tips and 14-16 rows. Plants reach 6.5 feet tall. Ideal for short/early season harvests. (Renee’s Garden, High Mowing Organic Seeds)

My plants are eight feet tall. Maybe it was the worms and worm compost I substituted for Squanto’s fish. Read my blog post Growing Corn in A Small Garden at planting time in May.

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I’ll plant 'Sugar Pearl’ next year in my small 4 x 4 foot plot, seeds placed 8 inches apart. Lessons learned:

  • Cover the bed with bird netting over hoops until the corn is 18 inches tall. The birds were merciless.
  • Plant a few extra seeds for filling “gaps” in the grid.
  • Mulch the soil to conserve moisture.
  • Time planting so we won’t be on vacation when the corn is ready. 

Gardening Is an Instrument of Grace

In the Summer Garden, mid-August