Corn is a staple of many gardens. We can grow corn of all varieties here with some help from mother nature and a few cold weather tricks.

There are special north hardy varieties available for all tastes out there so a little seed shopping may make your life easier.

Corn needs to be planted in blocks do to the way it pollinates. Typically I have a 4×4 block of corn. Corn plants will get tall so planting on the north side of your garden keeps them from shading out other plants. Or maybe you want them to shade your lettuce or chard?



Corn can be dried, although for direct eating simple freezing cooked and decobbed corn in vacuum bags will suffice.

Days to Grow: 60 to 100

Spacing: 4 per square foot

Effort: Minimal

Weeding, watering and maybe thinning

Plant: After frost, warm temperature

Requires soil temperatures over 15C to germinate

Yield: low to good

Will survive light frost, not hard frost

Gardening Shortcut Links

Hodge Podge Garden
Stir fry Garden
Three Sisters (Corn, Pole Beans and Squash/Pumpkin)

The plants listed here are available at the physical shop located with the Nipigon River Bait Shop at 21 Second Street in Nipigon Ontario. Limited quantities are available, and all seeds are fresh and have been tested to grow here in NW Ontario.


North Hardy Plants

Square Foot Gardening

Information and resources for square foot gardening here in NW Ontario.

Excel Garden Planner

An excel worksheet I developed to help plan and track my square foot gardening.


North Hardy Plants

Not all plants will grow here, but a lot will.


Useful Resources

The following are additional resources and information as well as basic information for growing this and many other garden plants here in NW Ontario.

Square Foot Gardening Basics

Preserving methods

High productivity, small area

About Garden Planning

Laying out your garden and pre-planning what to plant is best accomplished over the winter months. It gives you escape from the north winds, allows for ordering of seeds and allows you to put some time and effort into laying out your garden.

Since I use the square foot gardening method, I have created a garden planner using Microsoft excel. It allows you layout your garden using the cells in excel, then based on what plants you choose it will calculate planting/harvest times, potential yields, how many seeds you will need and more.

The Garden planner is provided as is, I can and will answer questions on using it and I have made videos on using it. I am hoping to have a full updated version ready for 2019 planning season.

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