[Market-farming] speaking of mulch

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Tue May 17 10:32:30 EDT 2005

Phil has the right idea. Buying mulch just depletes someone else's land
to enrich your own. Growing your own leaves no net loss to your land
only makes it better. My rye is 4 ft tall at the moment and heading and
good for bailing, there are weeds low to the ground but nothing even
close to making seed. Early cut rye or any small grain is a safe bet for
being weed free... Bob.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

SaladG at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 5/15/05 11:05:08 AM Central Daylight Time,
> mmaysen at alltel.net writes:
>> What do I look for when buying "hay"?
> The last few years we have been planting winter rye in the fall and
> this time of year wehn it is about 18" to 2' tall I cut it and bale it
> in big round bales.  Next year or next spring I will grind it with a
> tub grinder and use it for mulch around the farm.  Want to cut it
> before it starts to head out.  Our grinder cuts it into little pieces
> about 1" long.  Clean hay will work the same as the rye.  I prefer to
> grow my own mulch, when you buy, it is usually someones junk hay they
> can't use to feed because of mold or weeds that is in the hay.
> Phil
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