It’s not nearly as pretty but straw is an excellent mulch and much cheaper.
Denny Henke

Totally, I’ve used straw bales for this in the past and will supplement with it throughout the season. (Especially on paths) My idea is just to feed the soil and the soil will feed the rest of us.

I actually consider it a bonus at this point if my straw sprouts. I’ve intersown oats through pretty much everything this year because they are so easy to pull out and can just be laid back down on the surface.

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