We haven’t chatted about our Raised Bed Vegetable Garden lately! How is your garden doing!?! This year, our favorite crop has definitely been our growing corn on the cob!
Corn will grow 36 – 48 inches long, 12 – 18 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. As you can tell from the pic below, it’s quite impressive!
The perfect soil mix for growing corn is two parts potting soil to one part compost.
And it likes to get at least 8 hours of sunlight!
We planted our corn 1/2 inch deep and 6-9 inches apart, making sure they were protected from strong wind. Little B did an awesome job keeping the seeds will moist until they sprouted. And then watered the stalks daily once they filled in. When they are more substantial, they need 1-2 inches of water each week (with our Texas heat we use a little extra and monitored the soil daily).
Our corn will be ready for harvesting when the silk on the ears of corn turns brown and the ears are full. To test it’s readiness, we squeeze a grain between thumb and fingers. If a watery liquid squirts out, it is not ripe. If the liquid is creamy, the cob is ready. When the liquid is pasty-like, it is considered over mature and not very edible. We can’t wait to twist our ripe cobs from the stem and pour them into a pan of boiling water or toss them on the grill. They loose flavor quickly so we will be ready when it is!
True story — the picture above is our amazing pumpkin patch! Last year I dumped our old pumpkins on one of our garden beds and thought it’d be great organic compost for the next year’s crops. This spring, the pumpkin speeds sprouted like crazy, completely covering one of my beds! My sweeties are totally fascinated with our garden again this year! I love that my kids are getting to experience the joys of farming, while living in the city!