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Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home

By Luay Ghafari

Published 2023

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This chapter will focus on high-yield crops that perform well in small spaces and urban and suburban gardens, as well as balconies and terraces. After years of trials filled with successes and some failures, I’ve concluded that some crops are simply not worth growing if space is at a premium. One such crop is maize (corn). In my opinion, corn is not a suitable crop for home gardeners, especially beginners. Growing it organically can be difficult from a pest and disease mitigation perspective. In addition, it is not high-yield and requires a considerable amount of space. I prefer to rely on my local corn farmers for all my corn needs in late summer and early fall.