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Monday, June 04, 2012

Judo in the garden


Gardeners: move hay or straw with care. I'm 63, and a ninety pound (40+ kilo) bale is too much for me to throw around any more -- so I use a combination of judo and a hay hook to wrestle them onto and off a stout hand truck. When the hook is in transit, turn it outward, as you would an ax blade, to avoid unscheduled trips to the emergency room at your friendly hospital. Straw beats hay in the mulch garden: fewer seeds, more hollow stems (these aerate soil). If you get a lot of seeds in wheat straw you can let chickens pick through it before use as mulch (they'll add nitrogen, too) or just let the stuff sprout and then flip the sheaves upside down.

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