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KEEPING THEM SWEET

Someone on our allotment site said that you shouldn’t sow different varieties of sweetcorn in close proximity, as cross-pollination will reduce the sweetness. Is that true and if so, what would be a safe distance between plants do you thi k?

Rob Bennett, South Yorksh

Andrew Tokely, horticultural director, Kings Seeds ANDREW SAYS: If you are growing all F1 hybrid sugar enhanced varieties, then these can be grown side by side and will not affect the sweetness of the cobs produced. But if you were growing a hybrid variety and you wanted to grow one of the older standard varieties (a non-hybrid that is not sugar enhanced) then these should be kept apart as the hybrid sugar-enhanced variety would lose its sweetness if cross-pollinated by a standard variety.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - £2814 Worth of garden goodies to be won - Get the buzz for heavier harvests 6 easy ways to bigger pickings - A taste of summer with courgettes, cherries and beetroot - Make crumbly compost in just 4 weeks! - The future of seeds post-prexit - 25 crops that sow themselves - The secret of keeping Bantams - Garden cleaning products on test - Grow a great lawn - Cauliflowers made easy