I noticed this article is from 2016. When decomposing, it creates an environment that is too “hot” for many plants to thrive. EZ Straw Mulch is the perfect add on solution for planting Grass seed. I never thought about these risk factors. I’d do a test area before using it everywhere. My hay comes from the property across my road. If money is not an issue, keyhole gardens can be purchased here http://www.keyholefarm.com A cheaper method is here https://thesimplehive.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/build-a-keyhole-garden/ I can make a 4 block high, 17 block around garden for about $107. That grass is affected by ergot fungus which grows on rye, and produce alkaloids (neurotoxins and vasocontrictors) which are dangerous for livestock. The article was probably a life saver for my garden. Wish there was a … ... 4x4x8 bales of rotary combine straw, approx 1100lbs. Joel, I agree wholeheartedly with your comment, this article is “click bate”. of Grass seed sold, use 2 bales of EZ Straw Mulch. Spiders hate the smell of citrus:). Doesn't leave customer's vehicle with an impossible mess to clean. Animals can also graze on the fields without apparent issue. Note the word “probably” in that last bullet point. A couple of readers sent me links to articles about contaminated compost, and I read them with fascination. You won’t know, the feed store won’t know, and good luck tracing the straw bales back to a specific field so you can ask the original farmer if he’s sprayed anything within the last couple of years. People like the author of this article who simply read propaganda and recites as fact anomaly occurrences that are neither controlled nor evaluated based on any scientific technique or protocols. I reason that a good test would be to plant peas in a random bale to see if the seed comes up and produces a quality plant. I live in Binghamton, New York. Not straw! “Preferred” listings, or those with featured website buttons, indicate YP advertisers who directly provide information about their businesses to help consumers make more informed buying decisions. Probably roundup! in urine. I think there should be a law prohibiting doing it and I hope soon something will be done to stop using such poison anywhere and even make it a crime. I’m glad I read the comments here though to realize I could still use organic bales. It is great that people like you are teaching us about what is done to the animals and plants and our planet in general, rising the alarm. Monsanto is clearly the devil and once again clearly wins the prize. Since I am buying leftovers I get certified organic straw for the price of conventional. And tests have shown that REGENERATIVE gardening can remove excess carbon from the air and soil. Just can’t get away with avoiding poison at every turn it seems! Here’s one example: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/curled-tomato-leaves.html. How can these bales be full of toxins if my vegetables look so healthy and my garden flourishing??? I would not ever buy it from a big box store. It would be nice if instead of discouraging people to use beneficial gardening methods you would instead warn them to educate themselves about chemical contaminants in agricultural materials and products and how to identify and avoid them. It’s best to impossible to find straw that has not been treated. It doesn’t take long to find references http://toxinology.nilu.no/Researchareas/Fungaltoxins.aspx and research in this area. I see the spray rigs out on the highway every day, so I know some places are being sprayed. ), hay should work as well. “Weeds” like blackberries, amaranth, etc. Yes, the information is still online concerning clopyralid remaining in horse and cow manure for years, as well as an often used chemical by DOW named “Grazon”, which is a chemical named aminopyralid, and the chemical found in Purina horse feed, known as picloram. I watered and fertilized as required. for way too long. Luckily we only by hay from one farmer who is too cheap to use spraysm. Categorised in: Garden Design, Problems, Straw Bale Garden. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Fungal action does a really good job at remediation of the toxic components in the sprays as well. A test was developed using pea seeds to verify yea or nay quickly. It is the water holding capacity of the straw itself, due to the capillary action of the individual tubular stalks, which stores the water and allows the quick internal composting action to occur. Buy organic, and if in doubt, test your straw by making a tea of it. Finally I feel comfortable planting broad leaf plants. I now test my worm castings before using by planting tomato seeds with it.
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