4 Ways to Preserve Sweet Corn – For Eating or Planting

Do you know the ways to preserve corn? Every ear of corn is used in some form or fashion whether for eating or for planting. All the husk and hair goes into compost pile as do the stalks. I say waste not, want not.

Keep newly picked sweet corn fresh by keeping ears cool. Picking early in the morning is the best, but I still pick at night as well. Husk and place the ears in an ice bath, adding 2 drops of liquid bleach per gallon of water, cooling ears to 37F.

The two best ways to preserve corn long term are to freeze or can the corn. In canning corn, simply shuck the corn and shave off the cob with a flat bottom of the cob on the table while running a knife down the cob. Then, follow canning instructions on cooking the corn and then processing in jars.

To freeze corn, you could simply place your corn in freezer bags but they will get a little mushy unless you blanch them first. And yes, I know that from first hand experience. Blanch them in hot boiling water for a few minutes, then cool them off in a cold water bath. After cooling, then cut to desired lengths or leave whole and place them in freezer bags.

If you have grown heirloom corn and some of the cobs really aren’t worth saving or if they have already started the drying process, let them continue drying until separated rows form. After the cobs have dried, give them the indian rub and the kernels will fall off. Put the kernels in a brown paper sack or some type of paper envelope. Label and store in a cool dry place until next season.

I save a ton of money by seed saving my corn. Those of you who plant corn know just exactly how much corn costs. On average, each cob gives about 300 kernels. If you have a small garden, you might only need one cob. I on the other hand need about 20 ears as my corn is planted in 15 rows, 300 feet long.

Check out Organic Home and Gardening, there is a propagation and seed saving eBook that can teach you how to save a great deal of money by not having to buy seeds or plants.

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8 Steps to Successful Gardening—Step 6 Plants

The sixth step is to use native plants. Meaning, use plants that are suited for your zone and don’t use plants suited for another zone. The fact is, there’s no getting around the fact that native plants tend to be easier to grow with fewer pest and disease problems and require less supplemental watering. As a result, growing mostly native plants will offer you fewer hassles.

There are plenty of native plants well adapted to various areas of the country and are easy to grow. On the other hand, non-native plants are notorious for pest and disease problems or require special care. Gardening is supposed to be fun and rewarding, not a chore. To learn more about native versus non-native plants in your area, visit your local nursery, call your local extension office or contact your local master gardeners’ group.

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Happy Gardening from the Master Gardener Girl!!

Companion Planting Vegetable List

Companion planting is a great way to deter pests as well as provide nutrients to each other, like a free fertilizer and pest control. After several hours of research, I have come up with a list for you to use as a companion planting guide.

This vegetable planting guide is for companion planting. I have listed the name of the primary plant on the left and on the right you have a list of its companion plants that goes with the primary plant. Click on the link above for the list.

For all your plants, vegetables and flowers, I recommend:

Yardiac.com – The Ultimate Garden Center