Spoiled Hay

smdmtFebruary 20, 2014

Aside for potential weeds, anyone have a problem with using spoiled hay for vegetable garden mulch?

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darth_weeder(z7 NY)

I use it all the time and never had a problem and generally the price is right.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:15PM
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Lloyd

An organic guy around here had problems with 'ditch hay' that had been treated with some of those long lasting ingredients. He had fed it to his horses and used the manure in his garden but the chemicals still caused him issues. If you can ascertain if there had been any weed control done and what products it might be worth asking.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:23PM
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paleogardener(9)

Best if broken up & mixed into something else to make that mulch.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:45PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The only problem one might have is with the mold spores that develop in that spoiled hay. They are not a problem in, or on, your garden but may be if you inhale them.
Spoiled hay and ditch hay are two very different things.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 6:46AM
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Lloyd

"Spoiled hay and ditch hay are two very different things."

I wouldn't have thought it would have been necessary to point out that spoiled hay can come from anywhere including ditches. Apparently I was incorrect in that assumption.

The point I was trying to get across is to know the source and what, if anything, the hay might have been treated with whilst it was growing.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 8:08AM
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smdmt

Thanks for your opinions! Those dang chemicals!!!!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 10:03AM
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