Golden Bantam Corn has a fantastic sweet flavor that is great for fresh eating or freezing.
Golden Bantam Corn was introduced to the corn market by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902. This has been the family standard for sweet corn for generations now and there is a good reason for that. Golden Bantam Corn is reliable, adaptable and very sweet for an open pollinated heirloom corn.
Plant 1/4 lb, or 450 seeds per 100 ft row, about 3" apart.
1) Search for a planting area that receives full sun. "Golden Bantam" corn grows in a range of soil conditions but prefers deep, well-drained soil with a pH from 6.5 to 8.0. If possible, plant the corn seeds in a garden area where legume or vine crops were previously harvested. Don’t plant the "Golden Bantam" seeds within 250 feet of field corn or popcorn to prevent cross-pollination. Deeply cultivate the soil with a shovel or rototiller. Break up any clods of dirt and level the soil surface.
2) Test the soil for nitrogen and phosphorus content. If the soil is deficient in nitrogen, incorporate half of the required nitrogen fertilizer before planting and the remainder during the growing season. Add phosphorus fertilizer prior to planting. Incorporating 1 to 3 inches of compost to the soil should improve the texture and add nutrients.
3) Check the temperature of the soil. Wait to plant the "Golden Bantam" seeds until after the date of the last frost and when the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimum soil temperature for germination is 65 degrees or warmer. To warm cool soil, cover the garden area with black plastic mulch two weeks before the proposed planting date. Plant the corn seeds through the mulch.
4) Plant the "Golden Bantam" corn seeds in blocks of three to four rows for adequate pollination. Plant at least nine plants per row. Space the rows about 36 inches apart and the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart. In clay soil, plant the seeds about 1 inch deep. Plant the seeds 1.5 inches deep in sandy loam soil and 2 inches deep in sandy soil. One-half pound of seed provides seeds for a 2,000-square-foot garden.
5) Space the planting of "Golden Bantam" corn seeds several weeks apart to provide a continuous harvest of fresh corn. A 30-foot row of corn provides a family of four with sweet corn for about a week.
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