Visiting a corn maze in Georgia is one of the best activities you can engage in during the Halloween season. Mazes are great to allow the imagination to soar. They can have different themes. They can even be educational. However, the best mazes are simple and allow you to explore what the farmer has created on his or her land. However, corn mazes, also known as “maize mazes,” don’t happen on a whim.
Choosing the Corn
Creating a Corn Maze takes a lot of planting. Farmers don’t just get up in August and decide to make a maze, they must start the planting season knowing that they are going to open a maize maze. The first step is to choose the right corn. The stalks must be sturdy enough to withstand people brushing up against them. They must also be tall enough to conceal the rest of the maze.
The Growing Season
Acreage planted for a corn maze in Georgia will have fewer corn stalks than that planted for food. Between 20,000 and 36,000 stalks per acre is a good number and helps avoid crop crowding. During the season, farmers must watch for disease, water the proper amount, and use less fertilizer than they would for a food crop. Corn for mazes should be planted in the latter half of May. However, there are varieties of corn that allows farmers to plant in July, which gives them the ability to harvest early sweet corn grown between May and June.
Designing the Maze
For a corn maze, the corn gets cross-planted. The seeds are sown east to west and then north to south. This allows the rows of corn to intersect at right angles creating a grid-like feature that is easier to use in constructing the maze. The design is cut into the plants when they are between three and six inches high, and the paths are covered with straw and maintained while the corn is growing.
At the End
The plants in a corn maze in Georgia don’t go to waste either. The ears can be harvested and used for feed. Stalks get mulched into the ground to help with the next growing season. Nothing gets wasted, which is good for the environment and the farmer. That makes having fun by visiting a corn maze all the more exciting, especially when you know that next year will bring an entirely new adventure.