Corn – Honey ‘n Pearl

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AAS winner!  Sweet corn is a summer tradition and this variety will win rave reviews on the table.  This super-sweet premium bi-color will do best if planted 8-12″ apart.  Planting shorter, more numerous rows, 30-36″ apart will aid in pollination.  Most gardeners recommend at least 4 shorter rows rather than 1 or 2 long ones.  Apply a balanced fertilizer when the plants are knee high and again when they tassel.  Water regularly and the plants will reach 4-6 feet in height with good ear production.  Plant corn on the north side of the garden so it doesn’t shade the other vegetables.  Plant another 4 rows 10 days later for more delicious corn.  The ears are ready to harvest when you crush a kernel with your thumbnail and the juice is milky white, and the silks are brown and dry at the end of the ear.  Another method is to watch your crop every day and when half of your ears are showing a tiny bit of silk, harvest time will be in 21 days.

Exposure:  Full sun

Matures:  78 days

Spacing:  8-12″ apart

Kid Friendly:  Yes

Container Friendly:  No

Heirloom:  No

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DIG THIS!   about Corn:

Each ear of corn has about 800 kernels, all neatly arranged in about 16 rows.  Native American tribes planted a vegetable trio known as “The Three Sisters” because of how well the plants worked together.  The three plants included corn, pole beans and squash.  The corn plant was tall and sturdy enough for the beans to climb upon and grow, and the beans fixed nitrogen into the surrounding soil for the other plants, while the squash shaded the ground keeping in vital moisture.  With their prickly stems, the squash plants helped discourage hungry pests like raccoons from eating the corn.