Allotment Gardening Advice Help Chat

Growing => Grow Your Own => Topic started by: Schubunny on March 26, 2012, 15:11

Title: Straw
Post by: Schubunny on March 26, 2012, 15:11
Would straw work ok as a mulch in the late spring/summer time? I get hay by the bale for my rabbits and can quite easily get a bale of straw as well.
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: Janeymiddlewife on March 26, 2012, 15:45
I'm just about to put some round my raspberries so I'll let you know. I imagine it would need firming down so it doesn't blow all over the place  :) |I'm using barley straw which is supposed to be better but I can't remember why  :D
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: viettaclark on March 26, 2012, 18:10
Are you thinking about animal bedding? Barley straw is recommended for that.
I used the chooks barley straw for my strawberry beds last year and had barley sprouting!!!!
Should've harvested it when it started sprouting.....supposed to be really good for you juiced.......
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: moose on March 26, 2012, 21:13
I mulch everywhere with straw. Worms love it, keeps weeds down and moisture in. I have never had a problem with it blowing around.
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: Schubunny on March 26, 2012, 22:39
I'm just about to put some round my raspberries so I'll let you know. I imagine it would need firming down so it doesn't blow all over the place  :) |I'm using barley straw which is supposed to be better but I can't remember why  :D

Thank you. Yes please let me know how it goes!

Are you thinking about animal bedding? Barley straw is recommended for that.
I used the chooks barley straw for my strawberry beds last year and had barley sprouting!!!!
Should've harvested it when it started sprouting.....supposed to be really good for you juiced.......

I know the place where I get hay does barley straw, I think they also do another type. I will have to ask when I go in next. I was thinking of just bog standard straw really.

I mulch everywhere with straw. Worms love it, keeps weeds down and moisture in. I have never had a problem with it blowing around.

Lovely! Thanks. :D
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: Trillium on March 27, 2012, 04:10
I highly recommend that you not use hay as it's full of seeds of the crops grown, which will quickly germinate as your mulch and take over. (trust me on this)

 Straw is the best one for mulching as it's merely the dead stalks of (usually) wheat put to use as bedding.
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: Schubunny on March 27, 2012, 10:45
I highly recommend that you not use hay as it's full of seeds of the crops grown, which will quickly germinate as your mulch and take over. (trust me on this)

 Straw is the best one for mulching as it's merely the dead stalks of (usually) wheat put to use as bedding.

Thank you. I wasn't going to use hay, it's just where I get hay sells straw by the bale as well :)

Is it best to wait until frost threat has passed? I heard someone say it can make frost damage worse.
Title: Re: Straw
Post by: Trillium on March 27, 2012, 16:01
It doesn't make it worse, it will simply hold in-ground frost in longer if you mulch before the ground has fully thawed. Once, thawed, it takes a lot to re-freeze the soil so the mulch would act as an insulator.

So, wait until the soil is thawed and then mulch. For 'air' frost, eg evening frost, it doesn't matter as long as the ground is thawed.