How to Plant Winter Corn

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Planting winter corn is a bit different when compared to planting some of the summer varieties. Plant winter corn with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Teca Thompson, Farm to Table Chef. Today, we're talking about how to grow winter corn. So, corn is definitely a warm weather crop. It takes 55 to 65 degrees for germination to be possible. So, if you're not in warm temperatures, I'm going to show you how to do it in a bucket and if you're in a warm enough temperatures for the winter, I'm going to show you how to do it outside. Here I've made a row and I have half compost and half of my garden soil in this row. Here I've got a bucket, it's about a gallon bucket, about eight inches deep and this is half quick draining soil and half compost in here. So, we are going to take, I'm just going to take a little garden stake and the corn wants to be about an inch thick or an inch deep, excuse me and about five to six, to eight inches apart. So, I'm just going to make three holes in this row. If you have a longer row, clearly you'll be able to plant more corn. But, this is just for example. I'm going to place a seed of corn in each; I'm going to press it down with my finger and then I'm just going to cover them up, patting them down to make sure there's no air pockets. I'm going to do the same in my bucket. So, this bucket, you probably want to keep in your garage or in your house depending on where you can get the warmest temperature. Corn also is going to need six to eight hours of sunlight or artificial light to grow. So, I'm going to place it down in here; I'm going to cover it up. If you're planting in pots, obviously you're going to need a lot more pots, probably about 10 to 20 since you definitely will get one ear out of every sack of corn, maybe two. So, you'll need a big pot like this and you'll put only one, one seed of corn in each pot that you use and make sure to water and then it gets plenty of light. And that is how to grow winter corn. I'm Teca Thompson, thank you for watching.


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