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They came in daily by the handful. In fact, when I made the draws in March, hundreds of entries had arrived by then. My thanks to Sue Armstrong atGrainewsfor her most welcome assistance. My deep appreciation to the following businesses for providing prizes.

McFayden’s, Brandon, Man. T&T Seeds, Winnipeg, Man. West Coast Seeds, Delta, B.C. Early’s Farm &Garden Centre, Saskatoon, Sask. Parkland Perennials, Bruderheim, Alta.

Paul Pospisil,The Garlic News, (connecting the Canadian garlic network) Maberly, Ont. Gardens West(Western Canada’s leading gardening magazine) Vancouver, B.C.

Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes, Bowden, Alta.

Terra Edibles, Foxboro, Ont. Corn Hill Nursery, Corn Hill, N.B.

Mapple Farm, Weldon, N.B.

LOTS OF WINNERS

Want to know whether your name is among them? Then read on! Also note the following carefully. Winners must return their certificate, card or letter to the appropriate prize provider for redemption, or to activate a subscription. Winners of Latah tomato seeds from Mapple Farm and Early Canadian Beef tomato seeds from McFayden’s have already received their seed packets and no further action is required.

Congratulations to: R. Rohl, Grafton, N.B.; B. McKeown, Duncan, B.C.; S. Heck, Calgary, Alta.; M. Plett, Edmonton, Alta.; K. Alaire, Dauphin, Man.; L. Eischen, Meota, Sask.; D. &M. Flint, Paradise Valley, Alta.; J. Swenson, Moose Jaw, Sask.;

G. Smith, Millet, Alta.; H. Melnyk, Bonanza, Alta.; M. Beres, Melville, Sask.; M. Allison, Conn, Ont.; A. Beuerlein, Sherwood Park, Alta.;

A. Krasey, Fraserwood, Man.; C. Rowan, D’arcy, Sask.; G. Kut, Pouce Coupe, B.C.; C. Schleger, Prince Albert, Sask.; T. Pochapsky, Olds, Alta.; J. Van der Veen, Picture Butte, Alta.; N. Watson, Dawson Creek, B.C.; P. Mahon, 150 Mile House, B.C.; H. Dafoe, Riding Mountain, Man.; S. Thorgilsson, Lundar, Man.;

C. Stafford, Stratton, Ont.; R. Lucan, Swan River, Man.; J. Moore, Quesnel, B.C.; A. Borysowich, Beausejour, Man.; K. Schafer, Medicine Hat., Alta.; D. Krewulak, Foam Lake, Sask.; B. Boyko, Brandon, Man.; E. Kryzanowski, Wadena, Sask.; N. &

C. Hare, Rosetown, Sask.; D. &L. Wilson, Elnora, Alta.; M. Hendrikx, Emo, Ont.; G. Jensen, Gull Lake, Sask.;

H. Bially, Tolstoi, Man.; C. Jacobsen (Cloverleaf Manor Residents Club) Warburg, Alta.; I. Buehler, Lajord, Sask.; B. Gundrum, Morden, Man.;

D. &C. Choboter, Humboldt, Sask.;

T. Polowy, Lloydminster, Alta.; R. Goodick, Cambridge-Narrows, N.B.;

M. Sutherland, Watrous, Sask.; A. Veldkamp, Coaldale, Alta.; R. Lee, Troy, Ont.; R.B. Sones, Cecil Lake, B.C.; L. Pearse, Snowdon, Sask.; N. Vitek, Canyon, B.C.

I HEARD FROM A GENTLEMAN

… by the name of Jim VandenBerg who lives south of Highway 3 in southern Alberta. He writes: “Ted, I’m a big fan of yourGrainewspage. I love reading about folklore and must have thrown out the article about Russian folklore haircuts. Can’t remember if it was the waning or waxing of the moon. Thanks for the entertaining and educational page every time.” — Jim

Ted’s reply: Here are the four moon quarter dates for April 2011 leading into May 2011. New moon April 3, second quarter April 11, full moon April 17, fourth quarter (dark of the moon) April 24 and new moon May 3. To increase hair growth, make it grow faster and thicker; cut hair between first day after new moon, up to and including full moon. This also applies to fingernail cutting if you want nails to grow faster. Consider taking silica in the form of tiny biochemic tissue mineral salt tablets available at health food stores. They dissolve instantly in the mouth. I believe silica contributes to stronger and healthier fingernails.

To slow down hair growth so it doesn’t grow so fast; get your hair cut starting a couple days after full moon, when you see moonlight beginning to wane, right through until one day before new moon. During dark of the moon, (also called the fourth quarter) is the best time to till your garden or turn over soil. This substantially reduces soil pests, their eggs, and also slows their ability to rebound. During this period of no moonlight is also the preferred time for pruning, removing and getting rid of unwanted woody growth and weeds.

AN EMAIL FROM MANITOBA

To the Singing Gardener

“I have been reading about corn gluten as a fertilizer and for weed control. I have a fairly large garden, which contains a lot of perennials and other flowers. The corn gluten sounds like a very good idea. I would like to know more about its use. — Roseanna

LET’S TAKE A LOOK

… as this is a good subject to share with gardeners. Corn gluten, corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal are interchangeable terms that usually refer to the same byproduct of corn milling. It’s been used for decades as a protein supplement in farm animal feed and pet food.

Corn gluten meal (CGM) can also benefit lawns and gardens by preventing many weed seeds from taking hold under proper conditions. But it’s not the end-all for total weed suppression or a panacea.

Weed-blocking ability of corn gluten as a pre-emergent herbicide was brought to light by researchers about 30 years ago. When applied before weed seeds germinate, proteins within corn gluten inhibit or interfere with root formation. A brief drying period is required after germination to kill plants that have sprouted. Timing is critical and can be a bit like a cat-and-mouse game. If it’s too wet during germination, weed seedlings may recover and form a root.

IT’S OK TO USE CGM

… on established lawns in early spring after snow melts. Tests over three seasons showed that CGM controls sprouted seedlings of dandelion, quack grass, barnyard grass, foxtail, lamb’s quarter, purslane, pigweed and smartweed. Since corn gluten is naturally high in nitrogen, it also acts as an excellent slow-release fertilizer for three or four months.

On established grass, the recommended rate is about 20 lbs., spread over a surface area of 1,000 square feet. Ideally, a couple weeks of dry weather is needed after wetting down the meal if it doesn’t rain. When timing and rate of application are just right, each consecutive year gives better results and a more weed-free lawn that’s also thicker and greener.

Note that you do not apply CGM on a newly seeded lawn. Grass seed requires at least six weeks to germinate and you want roots and grass to get well established with strong growth. Later, you can introduce a program using CGM on your new turf.

GARDENERS ARE REMINDED

… to not apply CGM on soil after direct seeding anything outdoors, whether it be flowers, vegetables, herbs and as mentioned — grass seed. Wait until everything is up and plant roots have taken hold.

CGM has no post-emergence effect against established plants, whether they be weeds, perennials, grasses and started vegetable or flower transplants.

Lawn keepers, vegetable and flower growers generally work out their own system for using CGM, depending on what they’re planting and the weeds they are trying to eliminate.

Many animal feed supply outlets and garden centres carry corn gluten, including Sage Garden Herbs, 3410 St. Mary’s Rd., Winnipeg R2N 4E2; phone (204) 257-2715.

ThisisTedMeseytontheSingingGardener andGrow-ItPoetfromPortagelaPrairie,Man. Withthehighcostoffuel,gardenersknowthat vacationsmaytakeadownwardslideasmore peopleswaproadmapsforseedcatalogues andplants.Wearepartnersstrivingtokeep wellandsupportlong-termsustainabilityon thisplanetwherewelive.Myemailaddress is [email protected]

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Ted Meseyton

This is Ted Meseyton the Singing Gardener and Grow-It Poet from Portage la Prairie, Man. I salute all gardeners and farmers who help make our world a little safer and more ecologically balanced, and who toil to provide health-giving produce to others who cannot produce their own. It takes all sorts to make a world. One half of the world doesn’t know how the other half lives. The best physicians are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.

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