[NAFEX] allopathic roots

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 14 08:16:44 EDT 2003

Last fall  I tilled a couple of 20' x 150' strips of sod to expand my 
orchard/ garden area. Seems that that time of year the days are just too 
short to get it all done in time. The first strip I sowed to annual rye but 
it was already too cool to get germination....... so on the second strip I 
soaked and sprouted the rye indoors, and raked it in - even though nights 
were in th e 20's.   It worked,  this year  I have a nice stand of winter 
rye coming up there.  I understand it takes at least a month for the 
allopathic chemicals to lose their potency after the rye is tilled under.   
This is where I intend to plant out evans cherries and saskatoons this week.
I 've never been clear about this -  do rye's roots' chemicals  only 
suppress other seeds' sprouting, or could they suppress general growth as 
well?  thanks, Del

Del Stubbs  www.pinewoodforge.com  ag zone2/3

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