Many thanks to one of the friends of the farm, Colleen, for giving us a heads up for this straw. She commented about putting down straw and she gets the bags at Tractor Supply store. We have a Tractor Supply here in town so I stopped by and found the same bag she used. This package was $9.99.
It may not look like a lot in the bag but it's sort of compressed into it. Now as Colleen reminded us, you always want to use straw, not hay, because hay can have seeds in it and you sure don't want to be spreading that all around your garden. So I put the straw down, spreading it around the herbs...
And here in the larger tomato and pepper bed. Speaking of, the tomatoes are growing well! I am not sure if it's too late, but before I put the straw down, I planted assorted beet seeds along the sides of this bed and in the eggplant bed, I put a couple rows of assorted carrots. I figured I'd throw caution to the wind (and seeds to the soil) and see what comes up.
|Raised beds with straw mulch|
I also put it in the eggplant bed and another bed that I'll be planting some plants in. Oh, and I put some in the front bed with the persistent chives. More herbs coming there too. There is one bed left to weed (you can see above) but I was trying to beat the rain.
I was able to clear out these four on the other side as well. We'll need to get a couple more bales of straw but I think we'll try that as a weed preventive. I added several bags of GOOD soil (a raised bed blend) to them.
Side note, the black weed fabric was still down and hadn't come up. I did put down 150 more staples all around to make SURE it would stay down. In a couple of spots, I pulled it back to check and the grass underneath was dying!