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Green Patch: The Benefits of Cornmeal

<p>Agricultural cornmeal is a good nitrogen source because it encourages the friendly fungal species Trichoderma to proliferate. This fungus feeds on the plant pathogens <em>Sclerotinia minor</em> (a blight characterized by the appearance of cotton-like growths on plant stems at the ground line followed by sudden plant death); <em>Sclerotium rolfsii</em> (Southern blight); and <em>Rhizoctonia</em> spp. (this is a disease that attacksstems, stolons and tubers of many plants, especially potatoes). Research conducted at Texas A&M University on peanut diseases confirms the usefulness of agricultural cornmeal.</p>
<p>To read more about peanut diseases and cornmeal, click here: <a href=”http://itc.tamu.edu/documents/extensionpubs/B-1514.pdf” target=”_blank”>
<em>http://itc.tamu.edu/documents/extensionpubs/B-1514.pdf</em>
</a>.</p>
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<em>Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head herb gardener at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas, since 1984. She also writes Yarb Tales, a weekly column for the Ozark Folk Center (</em>
<a href=”http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/” target=”_blank”>www.ozarkfolkcenter.com</a>
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<p>Click here for the main article, <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/green-patch-mulching-tips.aspx”>
<strong>Green Patch: Mulching Tips</strong>
</a>.</p>

  • Published on May 6, 2010
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