hay fork covering the ground around tomato plants with straw mulch

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hay fork covering the ground around tomato plants with straw mulch

By Mary Ellen Ellis Mulching with hay is a gardening secret that only a few know about. Even the most beginner gardeners among us know about mulch, but there are so many different options: hay and straw, woodchips, leaves, compost, and even rocks. Hay, though, just may give you the best yield you’ve ever gotten out of your garden. Hay vs. Straw Mulch The first thing you need to know is that there is a difference between hay and straw. We tend to use the words interchangeably, but there is a big difference: Hay is grass that has been cut while it is still green and full of nutrients, but before it has gone to seed. The highest quality hay will have few to no seeds, but some are inevitable. Farmers use hay to feed livestock. Straw is the stalk that is left over after a grain, like barley, has

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