There’s nothing like the flavor of a fresh picked ear of home grown corn delivered directly to a pot of boiling water.
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 65-90 days
Height: 4 to 6 feet
Spacing: 8 to 12 inches apart, 2 to 3 feet between rows
Native to North and South America, corn — or maize — was first cultivated some 4,000 years before Columbus set foot in the New World. Today, with more than 85% of the US corn crop genetically modified it’s more important than ever for home gardeners to grow corn and preserve the good, old fashioned heirloom varieties that so many generations have enjoyed eating right off the cob (see Sweet Corn: Hybrid and Heritage).
Fact: The United States produces about 40% of the world’s corn supply on 90 million acres, most of which is grown in the midwest. (more…)