How to Plant Corn in Raised Beds
- 1). Set up your raised beds by either using a frame or raking. Raised beds are best used for planting in areas that have poor soil; the enclosed space will allow for a select amount of soil to be maintained and fertilized rather than an expansive field.
You can encase the raised bed in a box frame or let it stand as-is. You can purchase box frames or build your own frame out of wood, plastic or metal. Make the frames 4 feet by 6 feet wide and between 6 to 8 inches high.
If you will not be using a frame, you can instead rake raised beds. The soil height should be 6 to 8 inches as with a frame; however, the beds will be made by staking and then "filling" or laying the rows into raised beds (rows of soil).
Both framed raised beds and raked raised beds will allow for proper draining. The beds should be 16 inches wide and about 8 to 10 inches apart from each other with 36 inches in between every two to accommodate a walkway.
- 2). Plant the corn. In both the frame and raked beds, the beds should be positioned at least four in a row--two double beds side by side with a walkway in between. Any fewer will not allow proper pollination. Space each seed about 2 inches apart. Do not worry about overcrowding.
- 3). Water the corn rows as the soil becomes dry. The frequency of watering will depend on your climate and amount of rainfall. Don't over- or under-water. Keep the soil beds moist.
- 4). Weed in between the rows and walkways. At the beginning of the corn's growth, you will need to keep the bed and walkway clear of weeds either by hand or by using a hoe. After the leaves begin to fill in on the corn, the plants will shade the ground and deter weeds from growing.