Using Hay and Straw in the Garden – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#38)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article on different ways to use hay or straw in the garden! Using Hay or Straw for Mulch I have been using straw for mulch in the garden for years and I love it. It insulates over the winter, it suppresses weeds and decomposes quickly, feeding the soil. Yes, sometimes I do have a few weed seeds germinate from the straw, but when this happens, they are super easy to pull out, unlike the clover or buttercup or crab grass that would probably be growing there in its place! Now hay may have more weed seeds in it, so be careful. But if you get it at the right price, it may still be worth it. See our featured article down below for more info on the differences between hay and straw. Remember, any place that you have bare earth, other wise known as dirt, exposed; it is an invitation for weeds to grow there. Whether that dirt is bare in a garden bed or a path, cover it up and you will have less weeds!   Back to Eden No Till Gardening with Straw I use a no till method of gardening called Back to Eden gardening, or Lasagna Gardening, for all of my gardening, vegetable, flower and fruit gardens. I use the arborist wood chips when I can get them, and hope to transition to this method everywhere eventually. But in the mean time, I use straw when I am short on the wood chips. For more information on Back to Eden gardening, no till gardening and/or lasagna gardening, see my other article on The Secret to Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for No Weeding. Sourcing Straw or Hay for Use in the Garden Straw…