How We Grew Corn in Containers

on August 3, 2015

We enjoy testing new crops and finding out which plants grow the best using the GreenStalk system. So we often plant odd crops, like corn, peanuts, garlic, onions and others. Often when we see the plants actually grow, we are excited and can’t wait to share the news! That’s exactly what happened when we harvested our first ear of corn last week.

Yellow and would-be purple corn (if we were more patient!)

A couple of months ago, we planted corn, dwarf marigolds, and a couple of other varieties of flowers in 6 three tier GreenStalk gardening systems just for fun to see if they would grow. At first we thought about using containers from somewhere like Pure Greens but since this was just for fun, we thought it would be better if we just used what we had. We planted everything from seed and sowed directly into the GreenStalk.

Photo taken June 16, 2015

We love how unique these GreenStalks look with a couple of flowers planted in each of the front pockets, with the corn growing behind the “stalk.” We planted at least one corn plant in each pocket (sometimes two).

Photo taken on June 30, 2015

We used a generic potting mix for containers and watered often (once a day to every other day) since we have had a hot and sunny summer here in Knoxville, TN!

Photo taken on July 19, 2015

This was the week of our first corn harvest. We love the pops of color from the flower plants in the front! As you can probably tell, we planted smaller varieties of corn than you would see in commercial farms, at their tallest, they got to be about 4.5 feet tall which was still very manageable for us.

Photo taken on July 31, 2015

There are so many surprising things you can grow in a GreenStalk! We actually did a post earlier this year about our “experiments.” You can grow large vegetables in the system since each planter/tier holds 6 gallons of soil, there is plenty of room for roots. What’s the strangest thing you have grown in a GreenStalk or container gardens? Tell us in the comments section below!

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  • April - August 4, 2015 reply

    I ate the corn and the onions. Super good! I was so amazed…corn and huge onions! Wow!

  • Melissa - February 21, 2016 reply

    Since corn uses a square foot per plant, I’m thinking that greenstalks are a wonderfully idea for them. I’m also hoping that having the greenstalks closer to the house than the garden, the crows will stay away this year. They ate most of mine last year.

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