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Home & Garden

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Wrap ears to protect corn

Ripening ears of corn are magnets for squirrels, raccoons and other four-legged pests: Wrap the fattening ear in aluminum foil to discourage rodent snacking. Ears are ready when the silks begin to brown and the kernels are full and milky when pierced with a thumbnail.

– Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

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