Mike McGrath, wtop.com
Editor’s Note: Mike will appear on Saturday and Sunday April 6 and 7 at the Delaware Home and Garden Show at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Visit delawarehomeshow.com for more information.
Weed-preventing corn gluten now in liquid form
Sekar in Herndon writes: “I am a great fan of the organic weed preventer Corn Gluten Meal, and have been using it on our lawn for the past five years. As I was about to purchase this year’s supply, I came across a “>link to the USDA National Resources Conservation Services monitoring station in Powder Mill, Md., (Prince George’s County) where you can see daily soil temperatures as measured 2 inches, 4 inches and 8 inches below the surface.
It says that the soil temperature today is 44 degrees at 4 inches down. That indeed is very close to the Chesapeake Bay water temperature you’ve urged listeners to follow!”
Thank you, Burt. We have the best listeners here at WTOP. Now, this site is a little tough to navigate, so here’s what you do:
- Open the page.
- Choose “soil moisture and temperature” from the first column.
- Go over to the fourth column (the yellow one), choose ‘last 7 days’ and then click ‘view current’ right above that. You’ll be taken to the page with the readings.
- Today’s date will be the last one on the list, and the column that says “STO.I-1:-4 (degC)” (fourth from the right) has the soil temperature we’re looking for.
- But, it’s in Celsius. Go “>@WTOPLiving on Twitter.