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Growing Sweet corn, also maize

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16 Feb 17 Ingrid (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, I'm a single mum on a serous budget and only a small space in the courtyard. Am I able to grow sweetcorn in pots? Am I better off planting them in the garden? What size pots do I need ? I like gardening. I sometimes wonder if it's just cheaper to buy a $ 1 cob and be done with it! Thank you for the emails. I find them very helpful. Ingrid
16 Feb 17 John (Australia - temperate climate)
Sweet corn will grow in large pots or tubs. It likes plenty of water and a good food supply (manure, compost, etc). 20 litre buckets may be obtained free from bakeries or fast food outlets. Drill some drainage holes in the bottom. Large planter tubs may also be availble from landscapers who plant advanced trees. With ample food and water you could try 2 or 3 plants per tub. To increase yield from that space plant 2 or 3 climbing bean seeds as well. they will climb up the corn stalks adding another vegetable to your harvest. It maybe too late to plant sweet corn this season but you could try salad greens (lettuce, bok choi, etc), carrots or beetroot. Not too much manure for the carrots or they will have forked roots. There is a huge variety of food that can be grown in small spaces and tests have shown that you can feed a family of 4 in the area of a double carport (6m x 6m). Keep going its great to grow your own healthy food. Trust this helps.
17 Feb 17 Ingrid (Australia - tropical climate)
Thank you for that very helpful feedback! Ingrid
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