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Loading up straw bales

loading up 6 bales of straw in the golf cart

We figured out today that stacking straw in a vertical fashion on the golf cart allows us to haul six bales compared to horizontal stacking that only gave us four.

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you could put a couple on the roof too
Comment by david Mon Feb 13 18:25:14 2012
I'm not sure the canopy could handle the weight of even one bale of straw --- it's very flimsy. We could probably unscrew it, though, and stack the ones on the seat higher....
Comment by anna Mon Feb 13 18:38:31 2012

Where do you find straw for sale? I look on craigslist and hardly ever see it. When I find it, it seems expensive. Can you get it at feed stores?

I've yet to use straw so I'm wondering if there is anything else I should know about it. Are there different varieties? Do you have to ask about whether or not it was sprayed with pesticide while growing or fungicides for storage or anything like that? Anything else a newbie should know? Thanks!

Comment by David Tue Feb 14 05:46:07 2012

You can buy straw at feed stores, but it's quite expensive. We finally found a local farmer last year and just asked him when to contact him to get straw --- the answer was, I believe, June and November. That will depend on your climate, though, and on what kind of grains farmers grow there. It's best to get a big load at once, since the grains tend to ripen only twice a year.

There are different kinds of straw --- depending on what kind of grain it comes from. My understanding is that, for mulch, it doesn't make that big of a difference. (If you were building a straw bale house, that would be different.) In a perfect world, you'd ask if it was organically grown, but we didn't have many choices, so went with what was available. I suspect that the healthy soil food web under straw mulch breaks down most problematic chemicals in short order. (I wouldn't use non-organic straw to grow mushrooms, though.)

Comment by anna Tue Feb 14 07:47:00 2012
Just found a local farmer selling unsprayed rye straw. Loaded up with 17 bales. I'm starting 75 strawberries and a bunch of other perennials this year, along with the ever expanding veggie beds. I'm hoping this straw will go a long way to augmenting the small amount of grass clipping I managed to rake up for mulch last year. Thanks for the above straw advice! I feel lucky to have found the straw unsprayed. I'm keeping this guys number!
Comment by David V Sun Feb 19 20:31:49 2012
David --- Sounds like you hit the jackpot! I'd not only keep his number, but also ask him when his next round of straw will be ready and mark the date on your calendar.
Comment by anna Mon Feb 20 11:28:14 2012

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