•Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays): A beautiful array of colors, this heirloom flint corn can be used for so much more than just fall decorations. Pop it into popcorn, make corn flour for tortillas, grind it up into cornmeal, or make hominy, among other creations. Plant them alongside beans and winter squash to recreate the most well known companion plant trio, known as the “three sisters.”
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•About Our Farm: While we are not certified organic, we do follow vegan organic (veganic) practices (no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, and no domesticated animal inputs; just compost and love). All of our seeds are open-pollinated and were grown in Western North Carolina.
•Growing Instructions: Sow directly outside in a sunny location once all chance of frost has passed in the spring, spacing the seeds 12-15” apart. Use plenty of natural compost to fertilize the soil as corn is a “heavy feeder,” requiring more nutrients than most vegetables, especially nitrogen. Since corn plants can be very tall, it also helps to plant them in clusters (versus rows) and/or with windbreaks nearby, such as buildings or trees, so as to prevent them from toppling over on windy days. Keep the soil moist and they should germinate in 3-10 days. Once established, water deeply 2x/week. In the fall, ease up on the watering and you will notice the corn stalks starting the dry out. Once the husks and tassels are tan/brown and crispy (105 days from planting, on average), you can begin to harvest. And once they get to this state, you should definitely harvest before the next big rain, which may cause them to get moldy. Immediately after harvesting, pull the husks back and hang them or lay them on a drying screen to dry them indoors (about a week). Once the kernels are very dry and hard (like popcorn kernels), you can remove them from the cob and lay them on a screen for another week or so to dry out further. Store in an airtight container until you use them for your next corn recipe.
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