Dreaming of growing corn in Seattle?
We’ve have luck growing corn in Seattle. And we’ve had luck growing corn in very small spaces. But, to get a decent crop of corn from your vegetable garden, you’ll need to follow a few key steps.
To grow corn successfully, sunlight really matters.
- First, site your corn in a location that gets full sun, all day.
- In fact, corn wants at least 8 hours of direct sun. Or it just won’t do well.
- So, if you have an unobstructed bed with southwest exposure, that’s ideal.
- And if you’re gardening in a west-facing parking strip, that’s where we’ve had the best luck growing corn in Seattle.
- It seems that the hot, reflected asphalt heat really helps power up the corn.
Moreover, you’ll need to take care of the soil.
- Corn requires a lot of nitrogen. But don’t just throw down a lot of fertilizer and hope for the best.
- Instead, test your soil and determine what’s actually needed. It may need fertilization. Or, it may require a pH adjustment.
- And, it might need both.
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And, you’re going to need some wind to have success growing corn.
- Corn is pollinated by wind. So while gardening for insect pollinators is great, it won’t directly help your corn harvest.
- And you’ll need several corn plants placed in rows. That’s because this will help maximize how much pollen gets transferred by wind from plant to plant.
As well, choose your corn varieties carefully.
- Sweet corn is the kind of corn you’re probably seeking. But you may want to choose a popcorn instead. Or you might want decorative corn.
- But if you’re growing corn in a city like Seattle, it’s unlikely you want corn to feed livestock.
- And all of these corns are not the same.
- Plus, some varieties perform better in small spaces. And, some do better in the short Seattle corn growing season. So, be sure to choose a variety that fits all of your needs. This is true whether you choose to grow from seed or from pre-sprouted starts.
- Moreover, you may want to plant a couple of kinds of corn. That’s because this can also help improve your odds of good pollination.
Consider growing corn in Seattle along with other crops.
- Corn alone will deplete your soil fast. But if you grow corn with companion plants, you may bring balance to your garden.
- For instance, consider planting squash or pumpkins with your corn. And, you might wish to add in some pole beans to climb the corn stalks.
- Not only will these extra plants add beauty to your garden. But they’ll also diversity your garden ecosystem. And you’ll have more than corn to eat from your harvest.
And, don’t forget to water.
This crop is a heavy drinker. So, be sure you’ve got your watering system in place. And take care to really check the soil regularly. That’s because over-watering is wasteful. But under watering can resulting a failed harvest.