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Planting Sweet Corn


Well, today's Good Friday, a good day to plant some things, but when you start planting corn, potatoes, and a few things like that, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

First of all, you need to put these in a trench. As you can see, I'm in the trenches today, down here where the action's really happening. This corn is planted in a trench. The reason that commercial people do this, as well as why you should do it in the home garden, is that when this corn gets bigger, about 8 to 10 inches tall, then you can take the dirt that you have piled in between the corn and brace it up so it won't blow over in the wind. People always complain about their corn blowing over in the high wind. Same way with potatoes. When they get a little bit taller you can fill in and they'll have the potatoes in the soil.

Another thing about planting on Good Friday is don't plant everything in your garden at once. If you're planting a lot of corn, or if you have a place to plant some corn, you should kind of stagger it. Plant some, wait two weeks and plant some more so you won't have to eat it all in one day.

But be sure to remember to plant it in a trench because if you plant it right, now, you won't have trouble with it blowing over a little bit later. Then you can put some side dress application on it when you do pull the soil over to brace it, and you will have wonderful sweet corn this year in about July.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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