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View Poll Results: Do you grow sweetcorn well, badly or not at all

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  • I grow Sweetcorn well

    18 54.55%
  • I grow Sweetcorn badly

    7 21.21%
  • I don't grow Sweetcorn

    8 24.24%
  • I hate the stuff

    1 3.03%
  • I live Oop North

    11 33.33%
  • I live Darn Sowth

    8 24.24%
  • I'm somewhere in the middle

    3 9.09%
  • I don't live in the UK

    0 0%
  • Its none of your business

    3 9.09%
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    Default Sweetcorn and the North/South Divide.

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    There is a suggestion that Sweetcorn grows better in Scotland and the North of England than it does in the South and in Wales and probably Ireland.

    Please will you answer the Poll questions and add your approximate location in a post.

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    I've added my confusing answers to the poll.
    First year growing it and was quite pleased with it.
    Never growing again though. Takes up to much space for the return.
    And I don't really like the stuff.
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    It does OK. This year was the best so far. Previously tried the sfg spacing of 4 per square foot. This year went 1 per square foot and I think that helped.

    I usually ate it as corn on the cob but this year I've cut it off as sweetcorn kernels. The cobs would sometimes be forgotten on the bench for a couple of days but as a batch I can shuck, blanch, strip and freeze them in one go.

    Next year will be an heirloom variety called Bantam and I'll see if I can save seed from it.

    I'm also going to try underplanting it with oca to make the bed more productive (an 8x4 bed for a few corn plants isn't best use, although there were some strawberries in it this year. And onions. And volunteer oca)

    Might try a few in the greenhouse underplanted with sweet potato.

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    I don’t grow it as I don’t really have the space. However all around where I live there are huge fields of it being grown every year.
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    I only grew sweetcorn once many years ago but it didn't do well. Was not planning to grow them again, but tempted to try again next year with a packet of free seed that I received.

    Has anyone tried the three sisters method growing sweetcorn with beans and squash to increase productivity? Or just squash and pumpkins for ground cover?
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    I'm in Essex. Sweetcorn grows great down here as long as it's kept watered.
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    Here, in Kent, I grow mine in a block, planted through black weed fabric, with scrambling squashes/courgettes around the outside, free to scramble as they want.
    Works well for me and not much effort involved

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    I am in Dublin, Ireland.
    While I got some big cobs from the plants they only manage to produce 2 or 3 on each.
    Would like more so will try harder next year.
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