But why? We love corn, but we do not eat that much. I have 800 sq ft of space and the summer finds me with fallow beds. Though I am filling in the blanks with squash and melons; there are just not enough true heat summer lovers to keep my beds full.
I planted a 4 ft X 40 ft bed of corn-2 maybe 3 years ago. I had found a local seed saver who raised organic sweet corn. I planted one corn seed every 6 inches. When the corn was about 6 inches high, I slowly began thinning to one every 12″. I would pull several every day to feed the chickens and goats.
Corn is a grass after all. The animals loved it. I was making use of the space to feed my animals, while I waited for my delicious organic sweet corn to mature. I ended up with 160 stalks of corn. Each stalk gave me 2 plus ears. I kept 10 of the prettiest ears and dried them for seeds to save and to share with friends. I froze and canned the corn. I also made jelly from the corn cobs.
Once the corn had been harvested. I pulled a couple of stalks every day to toss in with the animals. They loved the stalks green, they loved them when they were turning yellow and they loved them when they were completely dry.
During the hot summer months, my fodder system does not grow well for me outside and I have no greens to feed the animals. So the corn stalks make a wonderful source of “free” food for my animals. They also have grape leaves, squash and melons to eat.