Sweet corn stalks are bulky and can remain a dilemma for many when it comes to disposal and clean up once the year’s harvest has been completed.
Rather than put into a compost pile, I cut the stalks into small pieces and bury the remains into a trench adjacent to the row so that they compost in-situ over winter.
A Niwashi knife makes an excellent job of cutting the stalks into smaller pieces.
Having a good biologically rich soil makes for an easy way to dispose of leaves and stalks and come spring I find there is very little residue remaining and plant onion seeds in early spring over the top of the trench where th corn resides where buried.
Earth Zing is a useful addition to the trench prior to coverage and this product assists the breakdown of the corn residue.