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Apr 11, 2018 2:52 AM CST
shreve, ohio
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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Apr 11, 2018 5:45 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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all carbon. Nitrogen is very 'volatile'
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Apr 12, 2018 3:24 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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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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Apr 12, 2018 3:42 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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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Apr 12, 2018 3:57 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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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.
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Apr 12, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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Apr 12, 2018 7:22 PM CST
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35 years old? How come it hasn't mouldered all on its own?
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Apr 13, 2018 12:33 AM CST
shreve, ohio
this hay was in a dry barn, so the hay is dry and in good condition. thanks to all for advice
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Apr 13, 2018 3:01 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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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