top of page

Corn on the cawwww

Image credit: Andre Ouellet / Unsplash

Gardening is something that seems to have a niche audience. Some even view it as more of a chore than anything else. However, it is truly a hobby that can be your pride and enjoyment during quarantine.

One crop in particular that is very good to get you going as a beginner is the corn plant. I promise you that you can grow corn so easily you’ll be wondering why you haven’t started sooner. It’s relatively cheap, too, considering that most seeds are very affordable and the knowledge to grow a successful crop is plentiful.

Another reason to get into gardening and growing corn is that it gives you another reason to get up every day. After all, gardening requires you to be responsible for something that can die if you don’t take daily care of it. This is a valuable lesson that cannot be taught through curriculum. Rather, it requires individuals’ hard work in caring for the corn and intuition to solve problems while attempting to grow a living being.

That isn’t to say that I cannot offer you any help in this hobby! This article is a handy step-by-step guide that will improve your chances of success but not guarantee it, so you can still feel proud of yourself when you have a six-foot-stalk growing out of a muddy pot.

Step number one!

The first step for anyone getting into gardening is preparing an environment for your seed so that it has a place to grow. This involves a pot or piece of land that doesn’t include weeds or large plants that could suck up all the water in the very beginning.

If you’re using a pot, make sure it’s something that you can move with the added weight of wet soil and something that has proper drainage.

Drainage is something that often confuses people, and they worry that their corn doesn’t have enough or too little. You shouldn’t really worry about it, especially when it comes to your first time gardening.

Simply make sure there is a hole under your pot. If you’re still not completely sure, understand that you could be over-watering your corn, or there may be a blockage from the hole, especially if the pot is sitting flat on the ground. Also, your corn could very well be growing roots so deep they collect near the hole.

Using a piece of land as opposed to a pot means that you live somewhere where you’re allowed to change the land you live on. Make sure to ask your parents about this before you start digging holes or possibly uprooting other plants next to your golden spot.

Going with a piece of land might also just mean you have a raised bed that could sit outside. Either way, you shouldn’t have to worry about drainage at all because of how the water will flow away into unoccupied spaces surrounding the corn. Just make sure your land is at least ten to twelve inches deep and that there is enough loose soil for your corn to grow roots into.

Your main problem with this approach is sunlight. Generally, the corn needs at least 6 hours of sunlight. You need to make sure that your spot can get that sun throughout the day, so keep in mind that as seasons progress so will the position of the sun.