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shreve, ohio
gardendiggen
Apr 11, 2018 2:52 AM CST
I found 200 bales of hay that is 35 years old, I plan on composting most of it, would this be considered nitrogen or carbon due to its age?
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sallyg
Apr 11, 2018 5:45 AM CST
all carbon. Nitrogen is very 'volatile'
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 12, 2018 3:24 PM CST
Personally... I suggest using it as mulch. Best thing in the world to spread on top of the soil around the tomatoes!
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RpR
Apr 12, 2018 3:42 PM CST
stone said:Personally... I suggest using it as mulch. Best thing in the world to spread on top of the soil around the tomatoes!

I agree, cut off slices a couple of inches thick and lay them over the ground . Fantastic for keeping soil moist and stopping weeds.
Weeds come through the crack but they are easy to pull and you can walk in the garden without getting muddy.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Apr 12, 2018 3:57 PM CST
Actually... I pull the strands apart and create plenty of air space...
Problem is... the old stuff laying out in the fields... kinda slimy and like.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Apr 12, 2018 4:00 PM CST
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DaisyI
Apr 12, 2018 7:22 PM CST
35 years old? How come it hasn't mouldered all on its own?
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shreve, ohio
gardendiggen
Apr 13, 2018 12:33 AM CST
this hay was in a dry barn, so the hay is dry and in good condition. thanks to all for advice
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 13, 2018 3:01 AM CST
DaisyI said:35 years old? How come it hasn't mouldered all on its own?


I wondered about that myself. 35 years even in a dry barn?

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