Its one of my favourite summer crops and also one of the first home grown veggies I ever tried, back when I made my first stumbling attempts at growing my own. At the time I was living in the townships of South Africa and many families had a little patch of corn, or mealies as we called them. So I decided to give it a go and they were spectacular. The variety that is common there has a larger and lighter kernel and I think, more flavour. However, last year I loved the corn we grew and have put a larger plot in this year.
And square is of course the way to go, being a wind pollinated plant. I put in two varieties and can't wait to test the difference. However, it seems the rats can't wait either, and so I've lost a few ears already, which is pretty frustrating. Apparently there is a bit of a plague in the valley, so they were telling me at the produce store yesterday. They've caught 50 in the last two weeks. Strangely, it makes me feel a bit better, being in good company with my torment.
As I mentioned a few posts ago, I'm planting a few other things in amongst the corn to act as a ground cover. Here is one.
The fig garden bed is also worth a look in. Like the corn, its really been growing up a storm since this last pic several months ago. I just picked our first cherries, we've been harvesting capsicum for a month now, and the sage and basil is going along beautifully. Here's how it looked in July.