February 19, 2019

A Kernel of Hope

Corn - Fleet F1 (se)

Janine Pineo Photo - Corn - Fleet F1 (se)

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Nothing compares to the sweet snap of an ear of corn eaten within minutes of being picked, shucked and plopped into boiling water. But corn can be a difficult proposition in small gardens. The old standards require lots of room and plenty of fertilizer to produce. Which is why some of the newer varieties are a blessing for backyard gardeners. Take Fleet, pictured above. This variety is one of many out there that grows only about 5 feet tall and produces a single 7-inch-long ear, usually with 14 rows. The smaller size means a quicker harvest, too, coming in at just over two months. The Fleet shown is Fleet F1 (se). F1 means it’s a hybrid and the (se) means sugary enhanced.  Simply put, Fleet is sweet.