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THE CHEERFUL EARFUL

Sweet corn label

Common name: Sweet corn

Botanical name: Zeya mays

Family: Poaceae (grass family)

Aspect & soil: Sun; welldrained soil

Best climate: All

Habit: Annual grass

Propagation: Seed, seedling

Difficulty: Easy

Sweet corn is a type of grass that’s grown for its sweet, juicy, delicious cobs. As it is a grass, corn is wind pollinated, which means it isn’t reliant on bees to produce a crop.

In backyard vegetable gardens, sweet corn is traditionally grown in blocks 1-2sqm, rather than in rows. This is done to maximise pollination as this pattern of planting ensures good pollination, regardless of which way the wind is blowing.

If there’s been a good spread of pollen, the resulting cobs

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