Learning how to grow corn will help you to either enter into business growing corn or grow corn for your own needs.
Corn can be used to make corn flour, corn based food additives, corn porridge, tortillas and many other products and dishes.
By learning how to grow corn well in any environment, you can increase your crop. Corn grows well in most countries. The plant is grown by farmers in Europe, Mexico and California. A corn crop can be ready in less than three months.
Image via Wikipedia
Growing corn is relatively easy. Corn likes a lot of sun, as do crops such as peppers and tomatoes. Select an area in your garden that gets a lot of sun for growing corn.
When you are growing corn, ensure that you keep the soil moist. Corn likes a lot of water; however the soil should not be waterlogged.
Plant the corn grains about 7 inches apart. If you plant them too close together the plants will compete for space and sun. I recommend this eco-friendly gardening tutorial.
Image via Wikipedia
Corn has several pests. The corn borer and the earworm are two of the more common corn pests. The corn borer also eats other grain crops.
The corn borer larva damages corn plants by boring tunnels in the stalks. This causes the plants to topple over. Look out for yellow-brown moths that are an inch long or brown larvae about ¾ of an inch long. Garden insect spray can be used to kill the larvae, as a last resort. Control weeds in your garden, to give the moths less places to lay their eggs. Ladybugs can be helpful in controlling the population of corn borer eggs, since one ladybug can eat around 60 eggs in a day.
When searching for earworm eggs, look out for eggs that are light green in color. It can be difficult to find the eggs. As they age, the eggs become grey. Eggs hatch in about three days. The earworm will also eat tomato fruit and cabbage. Mineral oil can be applied to the corn silk to help control this insect.
Follow me on Twitter to get updates on my latest articles: @ecorica