Corn, Golden Bantam

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Geography/History:
Corn is the name we use in the United States, Canada, and Australia for the grain maize.  In England, as well as most of the English-speaking world, the term “corn” is a generic term for cereal crops, such as wheat, barley, oats, rye and of course, maize.

In Native American lore, maize was one of the “three sisters.”  Along with beans and squash, the three sisters were planted and grown together, supporting each other in their life cycle and providing a very balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins and vegetable fats to their cultivators.

Nutritional Value:
Sweet Corn is rich in carbohydrates, as well as soluble fiber, folate, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus and various useful phytochemicals. Yellow Corn contains vitamin A.

Sun:                                       Full Sun

Spacing:                               10 – 11”

Height:                                  5″

Optimum Soil Ph:                  6.5 – 8

Days To Maturity:                 25 – 55

Sowing Method:                    Outdoors doors

 

Planting Tips:

Plant in short rows in a way that creates a rectangle formation of multiple rows.  Several short rows benefit in the pollination process as opposed to a small number of long rows.  Plant seeds approx. 1″ deep, spaced 6″ apart.  When seedlings reach approx. 6″ high, thin out the weaker ones to approx. 12″ – 18″ between the strongest ones.  When ears begin to develop, side dress with compost or desired fertilizer to promote even kernel development.

 

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