I had never grown my own sweetcorn (like so many things) before this year – and to be honest wasn’t even sure if it would be possible to grow it during our temperamental – often outright miserable – summers.
After a little research it seemed that, actually, this was a pretty easy crop to get right. You need a decent amount of sun to get really good results, but I apparently stood a good chance.
I bought fifty seeds from eBay and set about germinating some of them in a plastic takeaway tub using paper towels; the rest were sown directly into multipurpose compost. Of course, once I actually started paying attention to what I was doing I started to wonder if fifty seeds would be far too many for our small plot.
As it happened, only about thirty-five grew into viable seedlings and looking back I wouldn’t have minded giving up some space to have a few more. I planted out into very hard, dry soil (I actually broke a trowel) during the last week of May, spaced about 12” apart in all directions.
And that was it! I gave them a few feeds with comfrey ‘tea’ whilst they were still quite small to see them through cold, dull spells, but other than that I left them to their own devices.
The results were wonderful – it really is true what people say about home-grown sweetcorn being exceptional if eaten immediately after picking. We have about a third of a freezer full of par-boiled cobs, which it turns out are one of Amelia’s favourites, vying with fresh-from-the-pod Champion of England peas for first place.
I will definitely be growing this variety again next year and would happily recommend them to anyone else.