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How to Grow Corn

Introduction

Corn is a very popular grain that sure has its own benefits. Besides for rice and wheat it's one of the most frequently used herb. Its grains contain such important elements as vitamin E and vitamins of groups B, C, D, K, PP, folic and ascorbic acids, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. All these positive sides are valid only towards organic and not to GM corn. On the contrary to naturally grown corn, GM corn can bring harm to your health and, what's even scarier, to health of your kids and grandchildren (GM food influences on the future generations). If you want to protect your health, you should start growing corn at home in your garden. Follow this instruction to find out how to grow corn.

Do's

1

Sprouting seeds

After you choose a sort of corn you want to grow, soak seeds and pour out water in 2-3 hours. Get a plastic food container, choose the best seeds form the envelope and place them in those containers. Today there is a wide choice of napkins for seed sprouting. Wrap seeds in those napkins, add a little water so they are not moist but wet and put them in a container; close the lid. Add water if a napkin gets dry. Wait for the seeds to sprout.

2

Preparing soil

Remove rocks from the soil and plough it. Corn hates weed - make sure you remove all of it. Use one-gallon bucket filled with manure to fertilize 3 cubic feet of soil. Add the same amount of sand and about 1 lb cinder. Do it in fall.

3

Planting seeds

Corn needs space, but corn plants shouldn’t be too far since they fertilize one another: plant them one foot away and 2 inches deep, make it four rows. If you plant seeds without soaking, put three seeds in each pit, if more than one of them sprout, remove the weak plants and leave one. Corn likes warm and hates cold. You should plant it only if you are sure temperature is not going to drop below 60 degrees F.

4

Taking care of corn

Regularly hoe the soil, remove seeds and water plants when necessary. Hoeing the soil also helps to keep moisture inside which is very helpful if the summer is dry. Fertilize soil every once in a while, corn needs nitrogen, phosphor, potassium, calcium, and magnesium - get a special fertilizer from a store.

Don'ts

Weather

Don’t plant seeds if you are not sure temperature is stable. It should reach 60 degrees F and shouldn’t drop.

Watering

Don’t forget to water the plants. The younger the plants, the more moisture they need.

Fertilization

Don’t plant seeds too far. If you do, you will have to fertilize them manually: gather blossom dust in a small bag and pour it down on future corn cobs. Do it 3-4 days in a row, every morning.

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Conclusion

Corn is a wonderful plant. There is nothing like a boiled sweet corn cob of the gold color. Both: children and adults absolutely love it. It is a great snack – a great picnic food. Not only is it very tasty, it is also healthy. If you were looking for a way to start eating healthy, here it is: grow, harvest and cook corn!

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