Ran across this interesting article on cornmeal use.......


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...........http://gardenprofessors.com/cornmeal-myth-busted.....While the article does generate some confusion, it is the 116 comments at the end of the article that seems to debunk the "bust"..............Kinda like believing CNN for true facts....."science" vs. human experiences......In defense of the article, in the feedback comments, it is stated, by "the professional" (paraphrased)...."what a gardener experiences is not valid unless the gardener can scientifically prove the results were caused by using cornmeal"...."Think I'll "put my money" on Chuck......
 
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Yep. And it is not hard to see for yourself either. I put soybean meal out as a fertilizer after the grass greens up. Trichoderma grows on it as well, the subtlety of chucks suggestion goes as far as soybean being inhibitive of seedling growth to some degree where cornmeal does not have the same issues.
 
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I liked the article and it's just another example of all the myths in gardening. I absolutely agree with the author on this point: "Just nurture your soil with (repeat after me) a thick layer of coarse organic mulch. "

That's all I do and I can grow anything in my previously bland, sandy soil. Every year I have at least one bunch of bananas growing from my small patch of heavy-feeding banana plants. Many more success stories and I never amend my soil with store-bought amendments.
 
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Back in my teen years use to make up beds mixed with cornmeal, My go to spot to get worms for fishing. Can not comment on the fungicidal properties , but it is great for propagating worms in a given area.
 
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Someone helps me! What is the British name for cornmeal please? Cornflour?
 

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Ah, polenta - it's so confusing. Is that your beloved in the avatar. You lucky devil!
 
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According to Google......."You can't get it in the UK and cornflour is not the same.
What you can use though is polenta and that is cornmeal."
Happy Valentine's Day! :love:

@alp the corn flour is finely ground where the corn meal and polenta is a larger or more coarse grind. You asked about this once last year, and it made me curious. You must be on about another recipe!
 
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Happy Valentine's Day! :love:

@alp the corn flour is finely ground where the corn meal and polenta is a larger or more coarse grind. You asked about this once last year, and it made me curious. You must be on about another recipe!
Haha! You know, DM, I am 62! So please forgive me. Geee! You're so sharp. You must be my other son. He barks at me when I mention thing twice.

I have polenta, bought it for making bread. In the end, might have chucked it. Not too sure! Oh, dear! What a fool! Could have fed it to the worms...

When are you going to load an avatar with your beloved Becky? Looking forward to it.
 

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