This friendly mold cooperates with Mycorrhizae and enhances nutrient transfer to plant roots. I'm all in favor of the prescribed deep mulch technique (Google "Ruth Stout"), and straw is a great choice for such mulching, but if you use straw from conventional grain fields you could well end up doing far more harm than good. Submitted by Max on July 9, 2016 - 11:38am. Submitted by Peggy on May 18, 2016 - 6:25pm, Alfalfa hay unless it's Bermuda or Fescue, or mixed grass, Submitted by Nichole Lyman on April 9, 2014 - 4:23pm. The danger, which has been well-documented for years now, is the newer class of "persistent herbicides," including aminopyralid, clopyralid, aminocyclopyrachlor, fluroxypyr, picloram, and triclopyr. Straw doesn't add any nutrients to the soil, but it can be used to break up clay. Does 'pine straw' have the same qualities? I explore how to live with compassion, joy, and purpose in the midst of life’s challenges, especially chronic pain and illness. I'm so disappointed that a Farmer's Almanac article would get such a basic distinction between hay (alfalfa) and straw (the left over plant body from small grains). Best way to kill it and all the rhizomes that make it spread is to douse plants with 20 percent agricultural-grade white vinegar in early spring before planting. Numerous garden centers stock straw, too. Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. Every time I use straw to mulch my garden, it gets loaded with sprouted wheat, whose roots grow deep so fast that I am unable to pull it all. Boy was I wrong! Looks like I am buying some straw. This produces intensive results consistently. A stone that can turn iron into gold. Moisture trickles down to lower levels, plus the straw slow evaporation. The black growth is "trichoderma harzianum" which also grows on gypsum drywall. And water accordingly (she experienced dry soil, too). It’s hard to say for sure what produced the holes in your lawn, but some possibilities are moles, voles, chipmunks, mice, or yes, rats. Submitted by GardenGal4 on June 15, 2013 - 2:43pm. However, I am very nervous as to how it will hold up to any amount of wind? Sandra has been able to turn "straw into gold" (hence the title of her essay) by actually CHANGING the perceptions of her culture. They are particularly effective in helping to control damping-off disease in tomato plants. Submitted by Skinfan on July 4, 2012 - 4:55am. While this may not be possible in the literal sense, scientists are using sunlight to turn straw into something more valuable. Straw helps keep moisture in the soil which slows down evaporation. Where would I get seedless straw to use as a mulch for the garden. A thick layer seems to hold itself together. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! Apparently the rumor that it adds acidity to the soil is a myth (or if it does, it is very slight). The paper holds enough moisture close to the seed to aid germination. as the plants grow I cover with another 6 inches of straw. As for “Core Gardening,” you have piqued our interest! It takes me years to remove the ever sprouting wheat from my garden. This may be hard to believe, but the concept of this fairy tale isn't so fa… We’ve received only a tenth of normal rainfall and had a huge snow deficient last winter. Like some other mulches, it helps to keep weeds down, helps the soil to retain moisture, and insulates the soil, keeping plants cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Actually, straw can be spun into gold. It breaks with each watering or rain storm and becomes part of the soil. In the story, straw turns into gold. What about for a wet year? As sprouts with leaves appear, bury them with straw. EMAIL. One might suspect that the mysterious little man was using some highly advanced nuclear reactions to convert the nuclei of the atoms in the … The plants thrive, never get leaf diseases and produce intensively. They’re also slow to decompose and don’t tie up nitrogen or other nutrients in soil, making the perfect mulch. i have used straw in my veg garden for years, and really good on holding the weeds too. At first, she only saw a large nose peaking out from behind the door. 16 COMMENTS. thanks, Submitted by The Editors on April 19, 2016 - 3:58pm. The straw keeps moisture in the dirt but you need good dirt or else you'll end up with clay soup underneath. I make a furrow just like I was planting the seed potatoes in the ground, I cover with about a foot of straw. Submitted by Jonathan farr on January 4, 2017 - 8:05pm. Get your answers by asking now. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on July 2, 2013 - 8:35pm. How do you think about the answers? Whirr, whirr, whirr, until morning. turn into (someone or something) phrase. I can't help but explain that straw is NOT the bottom half of hay stalks but it IS the lower part of wheat after it is harvested. Submitted by Skinfan on June 17, 2012 - 5:31am. The spinning of straw into gold can be transformed from a mechanical search for material gain into a quest for meaning and knowledge. Lead Can Be Turned into Gold. Check organic gardening sites for nutgrass management strategies. And since the mulch decomposes into the soil (that's kind of the whole point), by the time you realize the problem there will be no remedy other than literally to replace your soil, or to let that land lay fallow for years before returning to it. We live in Wyoming, and even though we don't get a lot of wind where I live, we do get some storms that will bring wind from time to time. Does the straw hold in too much moisture? The girl turned to the heaps of straw before her and, having no idea how to spin straw into gold, began to cry. Forget turning straw into gold, farmers can turn trash into energy Bernadette McCabe, University of Southern Queensland and Craig Baillie, University of Southern Queensland, November 7, 2017 MENTION agriculture to many Australians and it conjures up images of mobs of cattle in the dusty outback, or harvesters gobbling up expanses of golden wheat. the soils gotten pretty compacted underneath. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on November 4, 2013 - 4:09pm. Submitted by joanQ on May 27, 2015 - 2:51pm. So buy the straw from a local farmer; he /she will appreciate it. By Craig Baillie, Bernadette McCabe. I'm in Zone 8b. It is a secondary low cost crop that farmers sell after the grains are harvested, stored, or sold as a cash crop. After seeds sprout and you thin, put a thick layer of straw mulch on, around each seedling. No, I’m not Rumpelstiltskin, the cranky gnome in a Grimm fairy tale; I can’t spin straw into gold. You can apply mulch once the soil is warmer than 75ºF. Try pet supply stores for straw if you can't find it at a garden centre. They affect broad-leafed plants (like your garden veggies!) You can find pine straw in bales at some garden centers. Is it ok for a layer of straw to get wet while watering the plants, since i don't use drop irrigation? I also have super heavy clay soil that I am slowly trying to improve every year, and thought it might help with compaction. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Some farmers are very sloppy about the way the harvest and include seed heads. A lifelong gardener shares the endless lessons she’s learned from her garden over the years, in hopes of making your own gardening just that much easier! Straw and gold share all the same subatomic particles. In order to appear superior, a miller lies to the king, telling him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. Forget turning straw into gold, farmers can turn trash into energy. But all at once the door opened, and in came a little man, and said, good evening, mistress miller, why are you crying so. Hay bales are inexpensive garden helpers! Probably not enough to kill them outright, but enough to stunt their growth and leave you wondering why your veggies look so sad. After that, I don't to a thing. :), Submitted by GlendaJ on June 26, 2012 - 6:50pm. Submitted by globerg on April 29, 2013 - 8:42pm. This approach has the gardener bury straw (do not know how much) down the center of the vegetable bed, about a foot down. 5. No, I’m not Rumpelstiltskin, the cranky gnome in a Grimm fairy tale; I can’t spin straw into gold. Straw and gold share all the same subatomic particles. Submitted by Jessie C on June 28, 2014 - 11:06pm. 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