To plant corn, prepare the soil, set up a makeshift fence, make a trench for the seeds, and plant them. Water the plants often, and fertilize when the plant reaches 8 inches tall.
- Prepare the soil
Corn thrives in loose, nitrogen-rich soil with a pH balance between 6.0 and 7.0. Add manure, compost or fish emulsion to enrich the soil.
- Prepare the row
Set up stakes in a straight row to make the seedbed. Tie a string to each stake to form an aisle.
- Create a seed furrow
On one side of the string fence, dig a small trench 1 or 2 inches deep for the seeds. Leave a short wall of soil near the furrow to make it easier to re-cover the seeds with soil after planting.
- Plant the seeds
Drop the seeds in the furrow roughly 10 inches apart. Press the seeds into the soil with the back of a hoe so that the seeds make direct contact with the soil. Rake the soil back over the furrow, and firm the soil one more time. Repeat this as desired, leaving 2 to 3 feet between rows.
- Care for the plants
Water the corn plants on a regular basis. If the cobs swell or the leaves curl, the plants are dehydrated. Fertilize with nitrogen fertilizer when the plants reach 8 inches tall.