#26 of 30 Tips for a Better Edible Garden in the New Year

cartoon corn

Don’t be corny! This is an important lesson in life and in the edible garden. In life there is a fine line between being funny and being corny. The latter will cause you to be viewed much less favorably than the former. This can be troubling and frustrating for the person who just needs to be the life of the party. Our advice, don’t try so hard! Pick your moments to be funny instead of forcing them.

Growing corn in your edible garden can be equally problematic. But isn’t it worth the effort? After all, we all want to taste the fresh, sweet deliciousness of corn grown right in our own backyards. In addition, it is very difficult to find heirloom corn for sale in most markets. Instead, we are all forced to eat very tasty, but almost artificially sweet hybrids. The sugar content of many of these hybrids actually makes them poor nutritional choices. So a few motivating reasons exist to grow your own, but wait…

We wanted to have our own backyard, organic heirloom corn and tried a few times to make it happen. Sadly, our efforts and garden space were mostly wasted. We got lovely stalks of green with either no corn or badly developed “ears of sadness”.

After a multi-year hiatus from corn growing we began to fall for the siren songs of backyard corn. So, we decided to investigate small-scale corn growing a bit more. Someone must have figured out a good way to grow corn successfully on such a small-scale.

Unfortunately, everything we read has led us to make the recommendation not to grow your own corn. Our site and books(coming soon) are dedicated to getting people into the garden in simple, fun and engaging ways. Corn growing does not fit that description. Even the much heralded “three sisters” method can be filled with frustrating experiences.

Edible gardening can and should be fun. We like to avoid the parts of it that will likely lead to frustration and stress with minimal return on the time and effort invested. Deciding NOT to grow corn will lead you to a better edible garden in the New Year.

Instead of growing it, start demanding organic, heirloom varieties from your local farms. They will bring the supply if you bring the demand.

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