With straw — it will be the one plant (wheat,oats,or whatever grain it’s from). I have attempted twice to use straw and both times it ended up sprouting in my garden. I am continually surprised at how the moisture is retained. It’s usually the stems of either wheat, oats, rye or barley. This should last about six months before it needs to be refreshed. Organic mulches such as pine bark, pine needles, leaves, wood chip, pea straw, compost and sawdust improve soil structure (and moisture holding ability) as they break down. As the pea plants mature, you can add more mulch to keep them happy. Cover the bundle with newspaper, burlap or a similar porous material or tie it loosely with string. Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants. Some weeds also emerge, alas, but they are easy to pull out. My preference would be to pull it. Cathi, if you have access to wood chips (not chips of bark, but actual wood that has been put through a chipper) it makes a good mulch. It's a fun project I had the privilege of creating at work today. I like to use pea straw about 2 inches thick to mulch tomatoes. Thank you for this thread! Our pea straw is highly sought after and is promoted as a clean affordable mulch that adds nutrients and enhances micro life in soils. Marone! Pea Straw makes a great mulch, especially good for vegie gardens or no dig gardens, as it returns valuable organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Theresa. And even better once it’s been aged. The choice of mulch will depend on what is available — possibilities include cut grass, hay, straw, shredded papers, seaweed, lakeweed, leaves, pea straw, lucerne hay, crop residues like sugar cane, woodchips, spent mushroom compost and cocoa hulls. Protect your plants from the elements with layers of Tui Pea Straw Mulch, to help keep their roots moist and keep your garden weed free. ... you won't get any weeds sprouting in it. And while it continues to grow the roots mine nutrients from the soil. AVAILABLE IN: 18 SQM BALES Tips for Using Straw as Mulch for Vegetables Pine straw is an excellent way to add acidity to the soil. Pine straw makes an excellent mulch. Eventually there are sticks everywhere! Glad the topic came up so you can rest easy. Mulch helps to keep the soil temperatures regulated, and conserves moisture as well. Wheat, barley, mustard and oats can go in now too. It’s excellent that you are fighting weeds with ground cover and prairie grasses. One way you can help reduce the seed sprouting is to "compost" your hay or straw mulch in the bale, before you break it open. This kind of mulch stimulates growth and insulates roots from weather extremes. There are multiple benefits when you grow a soil enhancing greencrop, grain or legume until dry. But straw mulch and grass clippings will both decompose fast, and as they’re lightweight, strong winds or rain can cause them to shift around as well. It will be easier to throw the straw grass on top of the garden than to put it into a trash can. Hope you’ll get that nice rain so you can get your pine down. Pea plants will continue to produce blooms as long as the plant is not overloaded. The only issue with straw is seed sprouting. Any other kind of straw or hay you have available can be used as a surface mulch, but make sure you know where it comes from and what it contains. (And weeds… ) : (. Do I need to find sterilized straw or does that even exist? We use a lot of mulch in the nursery and garden and at the moment we have no problem sourcing straw but if/when the day comes that the farmers start using their own straw to improve their soil (which is becoming a more common practice), We'll be needing to step up our mulch growing efforts. All Rights Reserved. Leaf litter from deciduous trees is good. I don’t know that there is such a thing as sterilized straw. Cover the plants with plastic sheeting or bring them under cover during rain if possible. Potatoes in 3 pots, 5 weeks after planting. Please stop by often to be entertained, encouraged, and learn things about organic gardening the easy way --- here a little, there a little --- from my stories, tips, anecdotes, experiences, and explanations. Just don’t let it go to seed unless you know the pile is hot enough to kill the seed. In 40 years of gardening I’ve had it happen to me twice (maybe three) times. The mulch prevents moisture from evaporating from the soil, but water can still soak through, into the soil beneath. Depending on when you purchase or acquire your mulch, there could be weed seeds mixed in with the straw. Look for a supplier that sells guaranteed weed-free straw. Mold growing inside a confined space, where we breath in the concentrated spores, is very potentially harmful. This will boost the pea plants and produce higher yields. It’s usually the stems of either wheat, oats, rye or barley. One indication of hay would usually be a variety of different plants sprouting. 10m2 when used as a mulch. It took a couple of weeks to start sprouting. Drying a pea plant until it resembles straw delays rotting, so gardeners can store the mulch for later use. I thought straw would interfere with hunting for slugs, but it’s pretty easy to pull it up and put it back down. Ideally you wouldn't plant garlic from the supermarkets as often it has been treated to stop it sprouting away in the supermarket. Pull up each pea plant whole, including its roots, and shake off excess soil. So those sprouts that look like grass are one of those grains. You can use a tomato cage, a makeshift chicken wire fence, or a bit of twine strung between posts as vertical supports for your sugar snap peas. Looks like wheat to me. The main thing you don’t want to chance is having it continue to grow and set seed. Look for a supplier that sells guaranteed weed-free straw. It can have big chunks of wood in it, but for flower borders that’s usually not a problem. Also, now that I know what to look for, I found a garden center that not only has pine straw but also seedless straw AND it also looks a bit chopped up. Established plants can benefit from mulch that decomposes slowly, such as rocks and wood chips, providing protection and nutrients over longer periods of time. To Cathi and everyone — Theresa. Others have also written to me about the possible solution of soaking the bale with water and letting it sprout. Finally, a layer of landscape fabric is designed to allow air movement for plants but to block weeds from sprouting from below. Golden straw and wheat straw … 10m2 when used as a mulch. I read a suggestion somewhere that you should deliberately saturate the bale with water and let it sprout, before you use it as mulch. Hi Christine, garlic is planted on the shortest day (mid June) and harvested on the longest day (mid December). The first key to using straw as mulch is in finding the right types of straw garden mulch. A two to three inch layer of compost or straw works wonders. I have considered using the kind of pine bedding around my garden beds that we put in our chicken coop. It’s not accurate. The pH always runs around 6.8. Because peas' feeder roots run shallow, mulch is essential to keep the soil around the roots moist and cool. I had my doubts but bought it anyway. Straw mulch at the base of tomato and pepper plants also prevents that transfer of soil-borne diseases such as early blight to plant leaves. I bought some pea straw to mulch around my trees. It can be planted now but may not come to much as far as harvestable bulbs. I was wondering, did I get hay vs straw or what? Pea straw also makes good mulch. row distance similarly. Last year, I bought what was labeled…I think, 94% weed free straw to mulch my vegetable garden. Also, reader Kathleen’s questions and my reply to her on June 5, 2020 might be encouraging to you. The birds found it, and left the rest of the sugar cane mulched beds alone! The next one is pea straw. Four of the most popular varieties in Australia are lucerne, pea straw, oats and sugar cane. Variety is rocket, also using pea straw as top mulch layer. I was JUST dealing with this on Sunday. Yay! 1 bale is enough for approx. A thick straw mulch also fosters the growth of … I hope you’ll keep me updated on what happens. I addressed this in my book on Organic Gardening on page 167. Plants need the support of crossed stick or mesh to grow into. Straw mulch may cause fungal problems. When the pea plant breaks down, it releases nitrogen and trace minerals that become available to other plants. Copyright © 2020. The best mulch for zinnias (Zinnia elegans) and other garden annuals and perennials is an organic mulch, including grass clippings, straw or wood chips. I’ll keep you posted on how things go and I hope to get some things growing soon. I did the same thing those many years ago Don. There really isn’t much more to growing potatoes in straw than that. 6) Other Straws and Hay. One way you can help reduce the seed sprouting is to "compost" your hay or straw mulch in the bale, before you break it open. If the stalk is yellow and dry in the center, the plants are ready for storage. Successful pea germination requires temperatures between 40 F to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and an optimum temperature is around 75 F, according to Cornell University's Growing Guide for Peas. (Which isn’t a bad idea except for the cost and labor.) Over the years they’ve always been my favorite mulch. Mustard straw and saw dust @ 5 t/ha & 10 t/ha were spread of above 1 cm thickness as mulch on top soil of the beds and thereafter, transplanting of the seedling was done at appropriate distance in beds. Each time they cut — that’s free rabbit food. Are they the same peas that are found at the supermarket or is it a variation of them? Christine, your asparagus will love the pine mulch. Since pea plants fade in warm weather, timing is an issue in getting a good crop of peas. Straw mulch is a popular way to mulch a garden.There are different kinds of straw mulch to choose from, including straw from alfalfa plants, straw made from the stubble left after harvesting cereal crops, and pine straw mulch made from pine needles. I addressed it with the farmer from whose family I’ve bought straw for 40 years. Conveniently packed and easy to use, it is both a mulch and soil conditioner. Lay wire mesh, black plastic or similar durable material in a sunny area of the yard. All content including photos is copyright by TendingMyGarden.com. I’m thankful it pulls out easily. What sort of soil do peas like or dislike? I’d like to use the straw elsewhere, but read that you shouldn’t put it over new seedlings. Does this count? Created by Meks. Environmentally sound farming Zero till, full stubble retention growing means our crops use less water, and the stubble from last year mulches the crop from this year. 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