Corn Plants
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Anonymous added on June 8, 2015 | Answered

I want to plant more corn outside. Is it too late and I have put wood shavings mixed with peat around the bottom of my plants to keep them warm and moist. Is it OK or should I clear the wood shavings?

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Heather
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Answered on June 10, 2015

These articles will help with growing corn: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/corn/how-to-grow-corn.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/corn/grow-sweet-corn.htm

The wood shavings should be okay as long as they are not fresh, which can burn the plants.

It would be best to compost the shavings/sawdust prior to using it in the garden. Not only will this allow it to age, which will lessen the chances of burning plants, but it will also prevent it from taking up too much nitrogen from the soil. This article might help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/using-sawdust-in-your-compost-pile.htm
If you have already added them around your plants, I would either remove it or work it into the soil and replace the shavings with straw mulch. This will retain moisture and keep the plants insulated.

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