Warm Season Vegies

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Sweet sweet corn

If you have a few spare square metres in a sunny spot in your garden, then try growing some of your own sweet corn. Home grown is spectacular and once you have eaten it fresh from the garden it will be hard to go back to store bought. It’s so sweet and juicy!

Yates® Sweet Corn Sun’n’Snow and Honeysweet are two of the delicious sweet corn varieties to choose from. Sun’n’Snow produces bi-coloured cobs with yellow and white kernels that combine superb flavour with rich, succulent super sweetness. Honeysweet is an early maturing variety with large, even cobs of sweet golden kernels.

Here’s how to grow your own corn:

  1. Enrich the soil in a sunny garden bed by mixing in some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It’s best to grow corn in blocks of short rows (rather than long thin rows), which helps to improve pollination and yield.
  2. Sow corn seeds in pairs, 25 mm deep, in moist well drained soil direct where they are to grow. No further watering is needed until seedlings appear. The weaker of the two seedlings can be thinned out when they reach around 15 cm tall.
  3. Corn is a hungry plant and should be fed each week with Yates Thrive All Purpose Soluble Plant Food.
  4. Monitor corn plants for aphids and caterpillars and spray each week with Yates® Nature’s Way® Citrus & Ornamental Spray to control both these common insect pests.
  5. Pick cobs when the fine ‘silk’ has just browned.

Silverbeet that thinks it’s spinach
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Yates® Silverbeet ‘Perpetual Green’ is an easy and quick to grow, spinach-like mild flavoured silverbeet with smooth leaves and slim, green stalks. It provides a prolific harvest of succulent leaves for more than a year and resists bolting to seed.

Here’s the easy how-to for growing Yates Silverbeet Perpetual Green, in either a sunny vegie patch or pots:

  1. Sow seed direct where they are to grow or in trays or punnets of Yates Seed Raising Mix. Cover lightly, firm down and keep moist. Transplant or thin out when seedlings are around 6 – 8 cm high.
  2. Feed your silverbeet each week with Yates Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to promote healthy growth and a great harvest. It’s a complete and balanced plant food containing nitrogen for vibrant and lush green leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium for healthy plants.
  3. Harvest leaves regularly, which will promote continued growth. Harvest by pulling rather than cutting.

Keep a watch for aphids, which can be attracted to and damage the tender young silverbeet leaves. Control aphids by spraying each week with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray, which is a soap based spray that’s certified for use in organic gardening. Also monitor for snails and slugs, which can be controlled with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem® Snail & Slug Pellets.

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