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Joined: 8/30/2008
Location: NY
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Posted: Sep/01/2008 7:06 AM PST

I know some fungi are good, and some not so good.

I use a lot of organics, and I often add them to my watering can. At the bottom of the can, I have sediment. When this sediment lays on top of the ground near my plants, sometimes some mold/fungus will grow in a day or so.

I usually turn it under, but I was wondering in anyone knows if this type of fungus is bad?
peterlink
Joined: 2/11/2009
Location: australia
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Posted: Feb/11/2009 4:25 AM PST

I can tell you the very best fungi for most plants: Trichoderma harzianum, Trichoderma viride, Trichoderma koningii, and Trichoderma polysporum.
If you can't get them let me know.
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Joined: 3/01/2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 135
Posted: Mar/06/2009 7:21 PM PST

Common corn meal.
CORM MEAL research showed that cornmeal contained beneficial organisms that were at least as effective as common chemical fungicides. Somehow cornmeal is able to attract a member of the Trichoderma fungus family, which is a good fungus that kills off disease causing fungi in a matter of weeks.

Dry: Work 2 pounds of cornmeal into the soil for every 100 square feet. Water well, to activate the fungus killing properties. One application per season is usually sufficient, but repeat applications won’t hurt anything.

Spray: What’s called ‘cornmeal juice’ can be made by soaking 1 cup of cornmeal in 1 gallon of water overnight. Strain the liquid and use as a spray on susceptible plants.
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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
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Posted: Mar/07/2009 2:33 AM PST

Thanks for that information. I've never heard of doing that.

This isn't a joke question, but would grits work the same?
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Joined: 3/01/2009
Location: So Cal
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Posted: Mar/07/2009 10:11 AM PST

I have no idea but I think i''d eat the grits ;o)
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Joined: 3/01/2009
Location: So Cal
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Posted: Mar/07/2009 12:40 PM PST

Just a heads up on Corn Meal...not to be confused with CORN GLUTEN.
CORN GLUTEN will keep seeds from germinating FOREVER!
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Joined: 8/30/2008
Location: NY
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Posted: Mar/25/2009 9:07 PM PST

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Originally posted by Lastniceguy
Common corn meal.
CORM MEAL research showed that cornmeal contained beneficial organisms that were at least as effective as common chemical fungicides. Somehow cornmeal is able to attract a member of the Trichoderma fungus family, which is a good fungus that kills off disease causing fungi in a matter of weeks.

Dry: Work 2 pounds of cornmeal into the soil for every 100 square feet. Water well, to activate the fungus killing properties. One application per season is usually sufficient, but repeat applications won’t hurt anything.

Spray: What’s called ‘cornmeal juice’ can be made by soaking 1 cup of cornmeal in 1 gallon of water overnight. Strain the liquid and use as a spray on susceptible plants.




Thanks...I used cornmeal for the first time last season. I was hoping for some help w/my early blight, as my heirloom tomatoes have become a real challenge.

I used the cornmeal in the fall, and then again in the spring. I still ended up fighting blight all summer. I believe corn is a natural antifungal...it seems to be in footsoak powders...
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