Several weeks ago a group of friends came out and helped me plant two good sized raised bed gardens and a larger area around half of my (eventual) pond. A week or two later, we added soaker hoses for irrigation and straw for mulch.
- Straw is the hollow stalks of grain.
- Hay is the dried grasses and seeds of grain.
Well, being a city girl, I didn’t know the difference between straw and hay – and I do now. Yes, what they told me they were selling was straw – but what I got was a whole lot of seed heads. I figured that this was not an issue when I saw them (I was so dumb) gardeners everywhere love using straw as mulch. Well, because of this, I now have lots of little grasses growing where I should have nothing. UGH!
So, today when a friend comes out to weed, he will have a large job. We will have to pull all of the hay off the gardens, tear up the grasses, lay down newspapers, wet the paper, then lay the hay back down on the paper. If the grasses grow, it will be on top of the paper and not get to the soil. This is a lot of work on what looks to be a very hot day today. Next year I will just get leaf mulch and be done with it.
Also, my tomatoes are looking a little anemic. I don’t think that a number of them are getting as much sun as they would like – and are a little yellow. This was an experimental year to see where all the tomatoes should go next year – close to the house, away from the critters of the wood, and without as much light, or… in all-day sun close to the critters that live in the woods.