I've never tried growing sweetcorn, but seeing plants swaying gracefully on neighbouring plots ( and reading how much better freshly picked, homegrown sweetcorn tastes) I am tempted to have a go next year.
The only problem, it seems to me, is that because they are wind pollinated and need to be sown in blocks, they take up rather a lot of room.
The Native Americans solved this problem by their system of 3 sisters planting, growing sweetcorn, climbing beans and squash altogether, the idea being that the beans use the sweetcorn as supports and the squash provide ground cover.
It sounds like a good idea, but I have read that it can be difficult to harvest the individual items unless everything is left to die back and dry off first. Anyone got any thoughts?
Meanwhile, this year, I am just growing butternut squash; 4 plants grown from seed - variety Hunter. Maybe next year I will try 2 sisters i.e. underplanting sweetcorn with squash.
But homegrown or not here is a delicious recipe for sweetcorn salsa from Waitrose Weekend.
It's great if you have the BBQ going but if not the corn can be cooked on the grill.
4 corn on the cob
2tbsp olive oil
1/2 bunch of salad onions, finely chopped
280g jar of roasted peppers in oil
1 red chilli
juice of 2 limes
2 tbsp roasted, salted almonds, chopped
Brush the corn with a little oil and grill until nicely brown.
When the corn is cooked, slice off the kernels and toss together with all the other ingredients.