Sweetcorn - A Great Organic Food
The sweet corn that is most commonly eaten by families in the United States is the Sweetcorn. It has long been popular for both its taste and it's use as a main source of sustenance. In many parts of the world the Sweetcorn is grown with the leaves still intact whilst the seed is still in the pod. The process of preserving the plant is then carried out to ensure that it is available when it is required most.
Most people will agree that a large part of the pleasure of eating Sweetcorn comes from the fact that it is rather simply a healthy snack. It is very easy to grow and can be grown virtually anywhere, even in the back garden! The Sweetcorn is an excellent source of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates and the whole thing is a complete food. It can be used in it's entirety in any recipe, from breakfast cereals to pasta and the like. Many recipes will envisage using a mixture of sweet corn seeds with some nuts or vegetables to add extra flavour, texture and nutrients.
Because of the popularity of the sweetcorn seeds there are various companies now growing, selling and trading them on the open market. There are many suppliers who will supply you with either pre-harved or un-prepared Sweetcorn seeds. The latter can be purchased ready to plant from a specialist, or you can buy an allotment of Sweetcorn seeds and have them sown into the ground yourself. Many people who do buy allotments of Sweetcorn seeds tend to save a small amount of seed each year and then use those to replant their own gardens.
There are various methods by which you can get your hands on sweet corn seeds. The easiest way of getting your hands on some sweet varieties of summer crop is to ask a friend if they grow them or if they know anyone else who grows them. This is certainly a good way to get started. However, because it's so easy to source seeds it isn't always possible to source fresh sweetcorn from a friend. For starters, because of the extreme desirability of the seed it is nearly impossible for anyone to grow a garden full of sweetcorn without some sort of protection. This protection can take many forms, but for our purposes we think of it as ensuring that your Sweet Corn seeds are kept away from any predators that eat the plant.
In order to ensure that the Sweetcorn seeds remain safe, you need to provide them with the right conditions in which to grow. The first factor you should consider is making sure your area has the right amount of light. Without this the plant won't be able to grow successfully, so ensure that you include artificial lighting in to your plans. Similarly, the soil you use should not be compacted or loose because it will be difficult for the plant to absorb the nutrients in the soil in which it is growing. You need to make sure that the soil remains moist, at least six inches below the topsoil layer.
Once you have sorted out the environment as well as the soil you're going to sow your sweet corn in, you should begin the sowing process. Start by setting up a few pots in which the plant will go into adulthood. The pots need to be kept dry at all times and water should be added on a regular basis. As the plant grows it will require more water, so keep that in mind when you're planning your next watering. Continue to feed your plant every two days, but make sure you give it a little more than that since its size will increase.
When you're ready to harvest and enjoy your crops, you'll have to dig up the pots and remove the plant. Your crop should reach maturity and the beautiful plants should have sprouted all around the seeds. Some garden centres offer sowing kits that contain everything you need to get started, however you can save time and money by preparing the soil yourself. The great thing about preparing your own sweet corn is that you don't have to buy any expensive seeds, just select from a wide range of seasonal varieties that are ideal for growing in containers.
To grow seeds properly you should use a rototiller, but many people think that this is an invasive method of growing sweetcorn. It isn't and thanks to modern technology rototillers have been made very efficient. If you're looking for a cheap way to get started then I would recommend contacting a local gardening centre and asking about a good range of starter seeds. The amount you need to start with will depend on how much you plan to sell your crops for, but most suppliers will be happy to help you. Once you've got your crops under control you should be ready to harvest and enjoy the delicious variety of sweetcorn your little garden has given you.