Free Straw

This morning I woke up early, drank some coffee, woke up Daisy, then we headed down to the neighbor’s yard to scythe down the rest of the standing oats.

This is our second and last cutting of the cover crop patch he planted in the fall and it will provide us with more mulch for the gardens.

We now have two scythes, as a few weeks ago I bought a new scythe from One Scythe Revolution.

It’s fast, light and beautiful. I’ll have to feature it in a video eventually.

Trying to mulch a large area isn’t easy and we have been blessed to have a neighbor letting us cut and carry straw/hay from his deer patch. Our “soil” desperately needs the help.

If you have seedier material – like this second cutting of hay – and don’t want it to create weed issues in the garden, you can always use it as a layer in a lasagna garden bed.

Pile wood chips over the top and you’re all set. Though I don’t worry about the weed seeds when I’m mulching larger trees. They’re only a real problem in the annual gardens.

I’m actually filming a rather complicated lasagna gardening video this week which I hope to post soon. See you then.

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Published at Tue, 03 May 2022 11:33:28 -0400

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