Grow Your Own Popcorn
Popcorn from your own backyard beats the stuff from the store any day. Fresh popcorn kernels have more crunch and pure flavor. You can also use homegrown popcorn for extra-personal (and delicious) gifts - especially when given whole on the cob.
To grow your own 10x10-foot patch of popcorn, you'll need at least 100 popcorn seeds, a sunny garden spot, well-draining soil, and warm weather. Corn likes hot sunshine and dryer earth. Plant in the spring, once the danger of frost has passed. If your area is prone to pesky animals, add a critterproof fence around your patch. Fencing can also block wind to help plants stand tall despite their shallow root systems.
You can also plant popcorn in pots that are at least 2 feet across. A line of large popcorn-planted pots along a sunny edge of a patio makes for a creative privacy wall.
Tip: Pop your own corn right from the cob! Just remove the husk from an ear of dried popcorn and place it inside a brown paper lunch sack. Place another sack over the opening so the corn is completely covered. Microwave it on high from 1 to 2 minutes or until the popping starts to slow down.Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
- Shovel or tiller
- Fertilizer, like aged manure
- Ruler or tape measure
- Popcorn seeds
- Rain gauge
Loosen the soil with either a shovel or tiller, working in aged manure or organic fertilizer as you turn the soil.Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
Map It Out
Create a grid by carving small trenches or holes in the soil with your hoe. Space rows 1 foot apart. Place one seed every 1 foot. Cover with 1 inch of soil and water with a gentle spray. If it's extremely hot, plant kernels a litle deeper - up to 2 inches below the surface.Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
Give your plants 1 to 2 inches of water a week. You can measure water by using a rain gauge set in your garden. If rainfall is less than an inch, you'll need to supplement. After the popcorn sprouts, feed your seedlings with an organic fertilizer.Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
At the end of the growing season, the cornstalks will turn brown, and kernels will get dry and hard. When the ears of corn start to point downward, they're ready to pick. Twist each ear to separate it from the stalk. Make sure the popcorn kernels are completely dry by picking off a few kernels and tossing them into hot oil in a pan. If the popcorn is ready, the kernels will pop. If it doesn't pop, lay the remaining corn in a single layer in a dry, protected space until it's hard.Date Published: January 17, 2018Date Updated: January 17, 2018
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