I found a nearby store with salt marsh hay. I bought 2 bales to mulch my fall vegetables. A bale of hay is enormous and easily covered all of my veggies. I’ll have left overs for next year.
Why salt marsh hay? Daphne of Daphne’s Dandelions recently posted about NOT being able to find it. I’ve never heard of the stuff. Is it preferable as a winter mulch because it doesn’t germinate except in salty soil? Which would mean no weeds? If so, I understand why you prefer it!–Kate
Yes! No weeds! That’s the main reason its better than regular hay or grass clippings. It also doesn’t mat and get soggy like leaves. And is highly rot-resistant. It can be hard to find. There seems to be a spring and a fall harvest.
The negative is I’ve heard that harvesting is not good for the salt marsh. I can’t find many specific references to this online. A brief reference says harvest can be bad for nesting birds if not delayed til after nesting. But it seems like pollution is the big culprit of salt marshes, and reduced marshland has left birds and harvesters competing. I’d like to know if purchase of salt hay is something gardeners should avoid.
Here’s and here are a couple articles about salt haying with great art work.
Where did you find the hay? As Kate was saying I am looking for it.
I’m looking, too!
Try Hillside Garden & True Value, Belmont. Unless I got their last two bales…
I got some at Mahoney’s last year, i’m going to look for some soon! It was cool, I planted mache, and then just put a little hay over it, and in March when the snow melted, I had a patch of lettuce!
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