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Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it's not not difficult to grow. It comes in many varieties that differ in color and sugar content. Look for sugary enhanced (or "se") varieties, with firm and sweet kernels, or the super sweet (or "sh2") varieties, with tender and very sweet kernels.

Sweet corn needs at least eight hours of sun per day, and should be planted in blocks of four or more rows for adequate pollination. Be sure to plant only one kind. Sweet corn is ready to harvest when the kernels are filled and tightly packed. They must be picked within a day or two, and eaten immediately for best flavor.


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