Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden, garden, garden club gathering this coming Friday 27th

Posted Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 9:35 AM
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  • How much does a round bale of hay cost? (ballpark)

    After they burned the pile of old hay I was "eyeing" I have just about given up looking for abandoned piles. Maybe I can just buy one and unwind it on the garden bed. It does not even need to be a tilled garden, just the pace I want the garden.

    Obviously there are no plants in there yet, but the width of a roll is just right for a garden bed. I could unwind a layer, cut it, turn the bale and unwind the next layer and repeat until it is totally unwound.

    There will undoubtedly be weeds seeds, so I would wet it down and then cover it with plastic to solarize and cook it into compost. The hot sun of early summer would just do great!

    Maybe sprinkle some high nitrogen fertilizer to help compost the carbonaceous material (dried hay). I would prefer to use an organic product like soybean meal or blood meal (in smaller plots).

    Even better, I could collect grass clippings and alternate layers of hay with grass. Mmmmm, doesn't it sound yummy?

    By the way, know what lawns you are getting the clippings. If they look too perfect, they are likely being treated with herbicides and fertilizers. Make sure they will not kill the plants you want to grow. Especially if you want to grow organically.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 10:21 AM
  • Our locust have finally arrived. Not much of a nuisance and they taste pretty good.

    While I was trimming some bushes I noticed where they came out of the ground. Small mounds that look like miniature crayfish mounds.

    I pulled one out to show Deb and it still had a red-eyed bugger trying to get out. I remembered the story of how helping the butterfly out of its cocoon was not really helping so I left it alone.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 6:59 PM
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