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7/24/11 11:55 P

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Thanks DesertFlower! I'll be checking them out in the next day or two!

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7/24/11 11:31 A

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For straw, you might be able to find it at

Wardle Feed & Pet Supply‎
7610 W 42nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 424-6455
wardlefeedandpet.com‎

or other seed & feed establishments. That's where I buy bags of the alfalfa pellets I use in the garden. I know I have seen hay bales there and I think I have also seen straw bales. Otherwise google "seed and feed denver" to find other possible locations for straw.


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7/22/11 5:39 P

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Grass clippings can mold, they are more apt to do so if the clippings are wet and you apply them thickly. Water the area you are going to apply the clippings are to then pu the clipping on it. If the clippings have had a day or two to air dry before you apply them they are also less apt to mold.

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7/22/11 1:14 P

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Has anyone had problems with grass clipping moulding when you use them for mulch? I'm wondering if that's where some of my mould has come from?

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
7/19/11 11:33 P

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I just Facebooked my friends to see if anyone is mowing their lawns in the next few days. I really like using grass clippings - free, great moisture retainers and keeps the weeds down too (which we need with all this rain)! I'll compost first, then see if anyone has the green stuff. Otherwise I"ll just wait 'til my parents return to do the top dressing.

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7/19/11 11:28 P

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I never buy mulch, just 'cause I'm cheap. If it were me, my compost would be both my fertilizer and my mulch. It will help with retaining moisture, but of course not with weeds, since they love the compost as much as anything else does.

If you still want to track down straw, I suggest LocalHarvest.org - they're my go-to site for a lot of farm products. www.localharvest.org/search.jsp?lat=
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7/19/11 6:25 P

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but what else is in the ink, and soy is not that good for you

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7/19/11 5:31 P

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Most newspapers ukse a soy based ink which means it is safe to use on gardens.

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7/19/11 3:19 P

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I like the newspaper ideas...I use them flat, lots of them to put over grass then put mulch on top...this is done when creating a new garden...no dig. If I have a bag of old leaves I'll put them under the newspaper first.....don't do it on a windy day though.

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7/19/11 2:45 P

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the newspaper idea sounds good, but what happens when you handle new paper a lot, you hands get black, the ink will get into the soil when you water. you could go to the local news paper and ask if they have an newsprint roll end to sell, they hang on to some because some people use it. I first saw it a a sale where the sellers were using it to wrap glass

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7/19/11 1:20 P

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I would apply the compost around all the plants with a litle more on he plants that are not doing as well. That would give all the plants a boost ever time they are watered for a while. As far as the mulch, if you use the newspapers, I would shred them. If you have a lot of mulching to do, some of the tree trimming companies that trim trees for the utilities will bring a load of their chipped wood for free. The problem is that around here it is 10 cubic yards of rough cut mulch. That is like about 125 bags of mulch.

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7/19/11 1:15 P

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I lay it flat...but actually I was thinking of shredding it to try that, too. I just didn't do it that way. I lay it flat in between the plants and even in between the rows to keep the weeds down. Seems to really be working. It's a good way to recycle newspapers.

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Love to hear this answer too.

Also, if you use regular store bought much can you turn it back into the soil after the season or do you need to skim it off?



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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 815
7/19/11 9:05 A

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Do you shred the newspaper? or lay it flat?

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7/19/11 8:27 A

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I am using newspapers this year and it works quite well. Keeps moisture in and helps keeps the weeds down.

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7/19/11 7:22 A

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My mother suggested I use old newspapers on my garden. I've not tried it.

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Well I usually hold a couple of my many bags of chopped leaves back for stuff like this...I've already used them to mulch or put in my worm bin. I went to a farm coop to get my straw bale for $5. Some places sell a marsh type straw also. Is there a city mulch facility in your area. Our treatment plant sells mulched 'stuff' but I wouldn't put it on a veggie garden, maybe my flower gardens.

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7/18/11 11:32 P

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I searched and searched for somewhere to buy straw around here and no luck (unless someone knows somewhere in the Denver area...). All the ads on Craigslist were WANTING straw - not wanting to get rid of it - and no nursery center carries it either. If straw and grass clippings are out - what else would you mulch with?

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Water thoroughly, put some worm tea around heavy feaders and get 3" of straw around the base of most stuff in the veggie garden

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I'm no expert but use the compost, it will preserve water cool the ground and when you water nutrients will be washed into the ground, plants will like that

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Usually I mulch WAY before July 20th, but this year has been unusually wet and I haven't needed to conserve water. 'Til now. The heat is on and our arid weather has returned.

That said, I usually use grass clippings from my parents yard (we don't have a lawn) but they are out of town and won't be giving me any clippings for a while. Also, I have some plants that are growing like gang busters and others that are on the puny side. I have a good pile of compost ready to go, so I'm wondering how to do this...
a.) spread the new compost around my slower-growers and then mulch?
b.) make some compost tea and treat my slower-growers and then mulch?
c.) option c - another idea...

What would you do? And what would you mulch with? I'm going to try to locate some straw, but I don't know how lucky I'll be with that. Craig's list here I come.

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