The Dirt Doctor – Cornmeal 101

The Dirt Doctor – Cornmeal 101 Cornmeal is different than corn gluten meal and horticultural cornmeal is different still. Cornmeal is — well — just cornmeal right out of the kitchen. Horticultural cornmeal is a more concentrated form. How has this food product become an important gardening tool? Cornmeal, plain old cornmeal right out of the kitchen, has a terrific use in gardening, landscaping, and farming. Even for your potted plants. It’s a natural disease control. Dr. Joe McFarland and his staff at the A&M Research Station in Stephenville discovered, that cornmeal is effective at controlling fungal diseases on peanuts. I started playing with it and discovered that it is effective on brown patch in St. Augustine and damping off in seedlings. Used at about 20 lbs./1000 sq. ft. per surface area of soil. Cornmeal will help control all diseases on photinia, Indian hawthorn, roses, fruit trees, turf and seed flats. Horticultural cornmeal is even better because it is the concentrated outer edge of the corn kernel and it’s available in large bags at many of the garden centers and feed stores that sell the organic products. DISEASE CONTROL IN THE GARDEN Use cornmeal for root or soil borne fungus problems at 10-20 pounds per 1000 square feet. Cornmeal works as a disease fighter in the soil by providing and stimulating existing beneficial microorganisms that feed on pathogens such as rhizoctonia, better known as brown patch in St. Augustine. Cornmeal at about two pounds per one
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On a sunny spring afternoon, Living Culture visits Teal Creek Farms in Dallas, Oregon. Owners Sloan Aagaard and Keith Nelson tend 40 acres of fertile land, raising lamb and chickens, growing certified organic vegetables and fruit. We catch Aagaard and Nelson during a busy time, as they begin to work the soil, plant seeds, and care for seedlings in their greenhouses. Teal Creek Farms offers a wide variety of produce, including onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, Swiss chard, bok choy, cabbage, beets, lettuces, kale, rhubarb, strawberries, and raspberries. Their products are sold at Life Source Natural Foods and Salem Public Market in Salem, Oregon.Living Culture is a monthly television series that showcases cuisine and agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to generate interest in local foods through inspiring and positive media.
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5 Comments

  1. w1cebu says:

    “Organic” relates to how green your lawn looks while considering how the deep effects of human actions to the habitat in a direct way or otherwise; Sustainability with co-inhabitants of the environment. It’s man’s choice to co-exist with nature and reap the earth’s long-term productivity, OR patronize man-made products that are one-sided, good for the short-term but harms slow & “irreversible”. Brand names are made cheap, they capture part of each one’s money, profiting from lot’s of people.

  2. TurfCare11 says:

    Corn Gluten Meal = 20 lbs/1000 at ($35 per 40 lb bag)
    Lesco Pre M = 5 lbs/1000 at ($18 per 50 lb bag)
    You do the math – Organic is down right EXPENSIVE!

  3. froebroe says:

    great video!

  4. TerrainBuildingClan says:

    THANKS!!! for the advise!

  5. DoctorsWife56 says:

    Thanks for the advice! I’m going to try this on my small pond and in the greenhouse on the heirloom vegs.

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