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By LYNDA HALLINAN
It's best to sow corn directly into
the spot where you want it to
grow because it hates having its
long tap roots disturbed.
Soak seeds overnight before
sowing to speed up germination
and sow 1cm deep, at least 20cm
apart. Corn is wind pollinated so
it's best to sow in blocks, rather
than in long single rows.
Once growing, keep corn well-
watered as a lack of water is the
main culprit for small ears with
Sow classic two-toned Honey
n' Pearl'' or the excellent yellow
main crop variety Florida
Crop rotation is the process of
moving key groups of plants
from one spot in your plot to the
next, so you don't end up strip-
ping the soil of one element or
The easiest way to run a crop
rotation system is in four beds,
with a fifth bed for perennial
edibles -- such as strawberries,
asparagus and rhubarb -- that
you don't replant every season.
Number your beds 1-4. Then,
at the end of the season move
Bed 1: Legumes and brassicas.
Start with beans and peas, and
all brassicas (cauliflowers, broc-
coli, cabbages), apart from
swedes and turnips -- it's best to
plant them in the root crop bed.
Sow climbing beans up tepees in
the centre of the bed.
Bed 2: Herbs and heat lovers.
Summer-lovers stick together.
Keep one bed reserved for herbs
and the solanaceae family,
including tomatoes, eggplants,
chillies and capsicums. Don't
plant potatoes with this group --
even though they're from the
right family, they're a root crop.
Bed 3: Cucurbits and corn.
Cucurbits include fruiting crops
of zucchini, pumpkins, melons,
cucumbers and squash. Fill up
any spare spots with lettuce and
your favourite salad greens.
Bed 4: Root crops. Plant garlic,
onions, spuds, carrots, radishes
and beetroot in this bed, as well
Citrus trees will be in blossom
now so give them a boost with
specialist citrus fertiliser or a
formulation for flower and fruit
production. If you've just
planted a new citrus tree and it's
flowering, remember that it's a
good idea to take off the develop-
ing fruit in the tree's first season
so that it can concentrate on
establishing a strong root
Sow herbs for summer includ-
ing basil. Don't sow too much at
once though; it's better to sow a
couple of rows every second
weekend or it will all go to seed
If you want to grow big, white
parsnips for winter, you'll need
to get started now.
Parsnips do best in cooler cli-
mates but they still taste the
Tasty varieties to try are the
French heirloom Guernsey'' or
sweet Hollow Crown''.
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