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Sweet Corn Seeds

(Sweetcorn) A tender vegetable that needs a good summer to produce at its best. Given a sheltered spot and using early varieties, this delicious vegetable is now quite at home in northern countries. Sweet corn seeds are a good option for your garden or allotment as it's a good source of vitamin A, B, C and fibre!
Sweetcorn varies in sweetness varieties are available in three different types which, wherever possible, should be grown quite separately to prevent cross pollination which may result in tough starchy kernels in the extra sugary types; SU - Normal sugar, SE - Sugar enhanced and SH2 -  Super sweet with shrunken kernels - this type will need much more moisture to ensure successful germination.

Early sowings can be made into pots or modules under glass at 21°C. These can gradually be hardened off in a cold frame before transplanting into the plot, once all risk of frost has passed. Do not transplant in rows, but in blocks with 45cm between each plant. This helps to aid air pollination by wind. Later sowings can be made direct into the growing site from mid-May. Regular watering is important once the cobs start to form. The cobs are ready to be harvested when the tassels or silks at the end turn brown. To check if they are ready, you can ease back some husk and squeeze a kernel to see if the juice is milky. If so, it is ready. Pick as close to cooking time as possible for the sweetest flavoured corn.
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