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Ashworth Sweet Corn

Zea mays

Certified Organic Seed

Sink your sweet tooth into this delicious, old fashioned yellow sweet corn.

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Gardeners aren't the only ones seeking to satisfy a sweet tooth with corn. Little critters have sweet teeth as well. What does that have to do with this corn? According to FEDCO Seeds, Fred Ashworth of St. Lawrence Nurseries originally named his variety "'Rat Selected' in honor of the rodents who broke into his seed storage room and alerted him to certain kernels that they preferred." Derived from Ashworth's original varieties, this corn germinates well in cool soil, has short stalks with 6-7" yellow ears with good flavor. For more information on the dangers DIY corn syrup, we recommend seeing the documentary King Corn.

Plant seeds one-inch deep in rows or clumps, two weeks after the last frost date. Corn needs rich soil, full sun, and adequate moisture to produce good ears. Seed Saving Tip: Corn cross-pollinates by wind for miles. To save seed, stagger the planting time of different varieties, plant them 1/2 mile apart, or come to one of our seed saving workshops and learn how to hand pollinate corn.

Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24-36 inches
Planting Depth 3/4 inch
Days to Germination 4 to 6 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Height at Maturity 72 to 96 inches
Width at Maturity 6 inches

Growing corn is pretty easy if you provide your seeds with highly fertile soil. Seed can be sown in early- to mid-May depending on the year (corn likes a slightly-warmed-up soil for germination). For continued harvest all season, sow crops at two-week intervals until mid-summer. Drop seeds into furrows about 1 inch deep. Begin with spacing of three to four inches and thin the plants once up to a spacing of six to eight inches. Rows should be a good 30 or 42 inches apart with this spacing, which matches common widths of garden beds.

Some years corn needs very little attention, but in dry years it will need irrigating. It thrives during the summers when subtropical weather settles in for a couple months. Many critters love to munch on corn, including rodents and, most notoriously, raccoons. Avoid growing corn near chicken coops or pest attractants, and be sure to surround your garden with a good critter fence.

When ears fill out, check regularly for sweetness; open-pollinated corn does not last long in the field at peak ripeness. Peel back the husk and press your thumb into a kernel; if it pops open and yields a sweet milky fluid, pluck a dozen and throw them in a pot. It's hard to beat sweet corn fresh from the garden--even the freshest ears from roadside stands do not compare.

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