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Autumn straw delivery

Straw delivery of fall 2011

80 bales of straw at 4 dollars a piece.

20 dollars for delivery and stacking.

This should keep Anna's mulch habit going all winter and part of the spring.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Oh man, I have serious straw envy!

The cheapest straw around here costs $10/bale, so we have to use it sparingly.

I was bemoaning this to a mate last week (a dairy farmer), and he said his hayshed floor is covered in loose straw that he needs to clear out. He said I could take as much as I wanted for nothing! He's also got great piles of cow manure I can have as well, and mentioned that he has some 4-year-old silage rolls he doesn't want. They're already well on their way to compost.

I'm just waiting on a new trailer to carry all this stuff, and then I'll be one happy gardener! I'm sure Anna knows the feeling :-).

Comment by Darren (Green Change) Sun Nov 6 21:32:04 2011
$10 per bale?!?! Wow! I guess I wouldn't be using straw on our garden at that price. On the other hand, it sounds like you found some even better options, and for free!
Comment by anna Mon Nov 7 08:14:57 2011

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