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    How to Harvest and Store Sweet Corn

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    Corn is ready for harvest about 17 to 24 days after the first fine strands of silk appear at the top of the ears. Corn may ripen more quickly in hot weather and more slowly in cool weather. When to Harvest Corn Pick corn after silks have turned brown and become dry. Ears should be […] More

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    Sweet Corn Growing Tips

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    Grow corn in the warm time of the year. Direct sow corn after all danger of frost has passed. Make succession sowings for a continuous harvest throughout the growing season. Three types of sweet corn Corn growing starts with deciding which type of corn to plant: standard, sugar-enhanced, or super-sweet. Standard sweet corn varieties (sometimes […] More

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    Fresh Corn Salad Recipe

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    Here’s a fresh harvest corn salad that matches just-picked corn with a handful of cherry tomatoes, a small red onion, a medium bell pepper, and cilantro—and sweet vinaigrette. If you haven’t just picked the corn out of the garden then choose bright green, full husks and look for silks that are moist and flowing. Pull […] More

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    Corn Earworm Controls

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    Corn earworms are caterpillars that chew into the kernels just inside the husks of ripening ears of corn. Corn earworms also chew tomato fruits from the blossom end, eat into bean pods, and nibble lettuce. Earworms also attacks okra and squash. The corn earworm is a white, green, brown, or red caterpillar with spines. It […] More

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    Corn, Beans, and Squash: The Three Sisters

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    Sometimes one vegetable crop can help another vegetable crop grow better just by being nearby. For example lettuce and spinach often grow better in the shade of a taller plant. Growing two or more crops in close proximity for a shared benefit is called companion planting. A classic planting of three garden companions is corn, […] More

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    How to Make Sweet Corn Soup

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    Just picked garden corn makes a rich, sweet soup. Make this corn soup with sweet corn, water, and some onion. Serve hot or cold. Choose ears of corn with fresh, green husks. The top of the cob should be rounded rather than pointed. If the silk is brown and slightly dry, the corn is ripe. When […] More

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    Corn Chowder and Summer Flavors

    Corn Chowder

    Corn chowder is a hearty soup. It’s a perfect match for the late summer corn harvest—a whiff of autumn in the air and sometimes a hint of chill. Chowder is an American term with French origins—chaudière is a sort of iron cooking pot. As for corn, the shorter the time from garden to table, the […] More

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    Grilled Corn with Seasoned Butter

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    Grilled and roasted corn is most flavorful when it is cooked fresh—very fresh. As soon as an ear of corn is picked, its sugars start converting to starch. As the sugars turn to starch, the sweetness of corn is lost—though it is true that some new breeds of corn will retain their sweetness for days. […] More

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    Corn Growing Problems: Troubleshooting

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    To come to harvest quickly corn requires warm temperatures, rich soil, and even, regular watering. Corn is wind-pollinated so planting in blocks or multiple rows to ensure pollination is important. Here is a troubleshooting list of possible corn growing problems with control and cure suggestions: (Read to the bottom of this post for corn growing […] More