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RE: Corn gluten meal


Well...I applied it back in March. Didn't kill the grass seed. Just my
experience though.

Cyndi 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of MICHAEL HABIB
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 6:51 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Corn gluten meal

Cyndi
To get a handle on weeds before they germinate it's best to start with corn 
gluten in early spring. It will also kill grass weed as far as I know.
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 12:43 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Corn gluten meal


>I bought a couple bags of corn gluten meal from Gardens Alive!, figured I
> would see if it really does keep the weeds down. Since I let  it go so bad
> last summer I knew the weeds would be awful this year. So far I've only 
> used
> the gluten meal in my onion bed and in the perennial herb bed.
> I planted four rows of onions and spread the gluten meal on two rows so I
> could compare what happened. It had pretty mixed results. On the untreated
> rows, I had a huge crop of weeds - grass, horseweed, and lambsquarters. On
> the treated rows, I had a lot of grass weeds and nothing else. Some of it
> didn't look so healthy, but a lot of it germinated. After I weeded all 
> that
> out, I applied more gluten meal.
> When I did the onions I also did the perennial herb bed, I spread the 
> gluten
> meal a lot more thickly and worked a bit of it into the soil. That worked
> much better - for a while. However, it's been about six weeks I think and
> grass is starting to germinate now. I am not sure how that works - does it
> kill some of the seeds and I just had too many for it to be effective? Or
> does it inhibit germination only for a while, while leaving the seed 
> embryo
> to wait for better conditions?
> Anyway it's worth having around, I will probably use it again, but it 
> isn't
> a cure-all.
>
> Cyndi
>
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