Hay Bale Gardening

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by RightHand, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

  2. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
  3. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    If there are any horse farms in your area, just call them up and ask if they have any moldy hay they want hauled off. I used to get it by the truckload for free.

    They can't feed it to the horses, and the longer it hangs around, the more it spreads.

    Great stuff for gardening.
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  4. RightHand

    RightHand Maslow's Contradiction Moderator Founding Member

    I've used moldy hay as garden bedding as well as adding it to my compost. Works great. And, if you can get your hands on horse manure, its a great additive after proper composting. When I had horses, that, and pulverized egg shells, was the only thing I used as fertilizer.
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  5. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I saw where people would just roll out the big rolls of hay and just plant in the hay , it also kept down the weeds , so no weeding. Looked like it worked especially well for potatoes.
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  6. One point on using horse manure, a lot of grass and weed seed gets through a horse's gut. Bovines, sheep, goats, any ruminant chews its cud (regurgitates partially masticated foodstuffs from its rumen) and crushes many of the seeds. Horse manure should be composted so the heat will kill any seeds.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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