Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by sanderson Today at 1:01 am

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Today at 12:45 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by Mellen Yesterday at 9:33 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 3:37 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:46 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker Yesterday at 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by trolleydriver 1/19/2017, 10:54 am

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/18/2017, 10:22 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco 1/17/2017, 11:23 pm

» Daikon radishes?
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:49 pm

» Anyone want walking onions??
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:22 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver 1/17/2017, 2:48 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 2:22 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 1:49 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by CapeCoddess 1/17/2017, 1:23 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Deep Mulch Vermigardening

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  has55 on 7/17/2015, 6:17 pm

Deep Mulch Vermigardening

has55

Posts : 1389
Join date : 2012-05-10
Location : Denton, tx

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/17/2015, 6:55 pm

Using hay? Not straw? Tons of seeds and wayyyy more expensive, at least around here. I would never mulch with hay.

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4029
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/17/2015, 10:15 pm

I have in ground beds I do this with.  I am stuck with hay rather than straw or sudan grass (another feed I like to use as doesn't have seed) as it is free.  We have a family that raises cattle on part of our land and we harvest cow manure and also the hay after the cattle have eaten their fill and have left mostly just the straw and their nitrogenous "gifts" deposited in and around it, LOL!  When using it as mulch I keep the fresh manure to a minimum and only put it on beds where the fruits of my labor will be cooked in case of any bacteria etc.

I have put it under trees as mulch and as fertilizer.  I have even planted potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash with this as a cover.  I swear by it.  It works very well and those plants are incredibly healthy.  I do get hay sprouts at the beginning but we've taken to letting them grow to about a foot then pulling them up and tossing them on top to make more mulch.  It's really easy to pull them up as the soil is loose and they come up easily.

audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1877
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/18/2015, 9:42 am

Interesting, AJR! I just never would have done that had I not seen that or heard your experience. I would use it too if it were free! Sometimes you can get straw or hay real cheap if it isn't suited for animals; read, molded, etc. but otherwise, hay is pretty pricey here. Especially this year, all the rain has really pushed back hay cutting, nobody can get in the fields.

Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 4029
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  sanderson on 7/18/2015, 3:47 pm

Not being a farmer, this may be incorrect as to what I thought I saw. On our way to and from the coast, there was a huge ??combine?? in a mega field. It looked to me that the wheat heads had already been cut and collected and that the combine (??) was cutting the stalks and making straw bales from the remainder stalks. The reason I think this was the correct interpretation is that with a crop like alfalfa, they cut it down and leave it to dry before collecting and baling. The field was so big that the guy was working both days.

SR, How will all the rain affect the harvesting? Is it narrowing the window for proper drying and harvesting?

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12661
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Deep Mulch Vermigardening

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:29 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum