All Things Gardening forum→Straw mulch starting to grow???

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Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
May 29, 2020 9:55 AM CST
Hi,
My partner and I used straw as mulch for our garden and now we have quite a bit of grass starting to grow in the garden. Do you think this is from the straw?
Also we are curious about the condition of our plants thus far. We are documenting our new garden in weekly videos. Please check it out and let us know what you think. Thank you!!
https://youtu.be/r4w_rD5PRxw
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jun 1, 2020 4:51 PM CST
There is straw and clean straw; you do not have the latter. I tip my hat to you.
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Jun 2, 2020 7:41 AM CST
RpR said:There is straw and clean straw; you do not have the latter. I tip my hat to you.


Lol, ok, thanks.
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 2, 2020 7:44 AM CST
I've never heard of "clean straw" -- not to contradict, but, where would one get it?

Meanwhile, the regular old straw I use, wheatstraw, does have seeds and so it does sprout, however, it's very easy to pull those out and lay them down creating more organic mulch.... and mostly it gets shaded out or covered over anyway by growing plants as the season goes on. I don't mind a little wheat sprouting.
Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Jun 2, 2020 7:48 AM CST
kylaluaz said:I've never heard of "clean straw" -- not to contradict, but, where would one get it?

Meanwhile, the regular old straw I use, wheatstraw, does have seeds and so it does sprout, however, it's very easy to pull those out and lay them down creating more organic mulch.... and mostly it gets shaded out or covered over anyway by growing plants as the season goes on. I don't mind a little wheat sprouting.


So it is the straw that is growing! Now we know! Thank you @kylaluaz !
Yes, agreed; we have found it quite easy to just pull out.
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jun 2, 2020 12:31 PM CST
kylaluaz said:I've never heard of "clean straw" -- not to contradict, but, where would one get it?

Meanwhile, the regular old straw I use, wheatstraw, does have seeds and so it does sprout, however, it's very easy to pull those out and lay them down creating more organic mulch.... and mostly it gets shaded out or covered over anyway by growing plants as the season goes on. I don't mind a little wheat sprouting.

Go to the agricultural versions of Ebay, looking for hay and straw.
Clean straw will be listed as such.
Hay bales will be listed as content type.

There is a world of difference.

Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b)
SimpleGardening
Jun 3, 2020 7:21 AM CST
RpR said:
Go to the agricultural versions of Ebay, looking for hay and straw.
Clean straw will be listed as such.
Hay bales will be listed as content type.

There is a world of difference.



Very interesting indeed.

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