Submitted by kddunbar on August 19, 2014 - 9:12am. Do you think it would be OK to put a thicker layer on for my fall plantings? I don't know if I will use straw again unless it is very clean. There is some question of it containing a chemical that inhibits seed germination–if you’d rather not take a chance, then apply it around transplants and established plants, or after seeds have sprouted. If you use pine needles though, you need to be careful of the pH in your soil. Submitted by LEE TINKER LOE on July 29, 2013 - 4:33pm. Can I use the straw at the base of my grape vines? Most thistles can be controlled with the use of herbicides in the fall or spring. Submitted by Angie Mc on May 8, 2014 - 1:35pm. I only pay $4 a bale, and the straw saves me … Narrator: Gee, I thought, the Wicked Witch hasn't got anything on this guy. I too have lots of it in my garden and the potatoes are doing very nicely in the 3 ft high pile of straw in which the row is growing. Now when the girl was brought to him he led her into a room that was filled up with straw, gave her spinning-wheel and reel, and declared: "Set to work at once, and if … This is the first time I've really been able to grow root vegetables without having to buy new dirt for the garden areas. I do. The night turned into day. Yes, collect a LOT of straw, then sell it and buy gold with the money it sold for. An alternative is straw is compost or incomplete compost. I am fortunate being relatively close to the ocean, even still not many garden centers carry it. Submitted by The Editors on June 15, 2017 - 4:41pm. I also have super heavy clay soil that I am slowly trying to improve every year, and thought it might help with compaction. I was concerned about the seedlings sprouting up through it. When the girl was brought to him he led her into a room full of straw, gave her a spinning-wheel and spindle, and said: “Now set to work and spin all night till early dawn, and if by that time you haven’t spun the straw into gold you shall die.” Then he closed the door behind him and left her alone inside. On the other hand, it's REALLY helped with the soil compaction, and plants that typically would die because their roots couldn't get through my clay pot of a yard are flourishing! Straw cannot be spun into gold. Thanks, Submitted by ken on August 26, 2018 - 11:58pm. What other materials do you use to hold moisture in and prevent diseases? Neither composting the straw nor feeding it to animals is a solution, as the herbicidal chemicals will pass through unchanged and, in fact, only concentrated. Thanks for the help. It comes down to: know your source! After I apply the straw, I soak the area throughly to keep it from blowing. We'd suggest you contact your local county cooperative extension to recommend herbicides approved in your state. This produces intensive results consistently. Rumpelstiltskin: Tricking the king into believing the miller's daughter can spin straw into gold isn't going to do anything for you. Grass clippings cook the dirt and add a nitrogen blast and leaves break down and mess with the PH as well. Submitted by zaismas on June 26, 2012 - 10:29am. A stone that can turn iron into gold. Straw is the leftover stems from plants such as wheat after the seed heads have been harvested, so the weed seed load is usually much less. Hi, A thick layer seems to hold itself together. Turning Straw Into Gold. But there are pitfalls to this new flexibility that need to be considered before any such changes are made. So buy the straw from a local farmer; he /she will appreciate it. Submitted by Jenifer Pierpon... on June 18, 2012 - 12:24pm. Today we already have DNA sequencing machines that can build DNA molecules with prescribed genes, a process that is not so very different as building nuclei. I used compost tea sweetened with unsulfured molasses and had a good result. Am I doing something wrong? Just like the maiden that is locked in a room and forced to spin straw into gold in the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, we too have the ability to use our problems and old default modes to discover a true inner wisdom, peace and love. as the plants grow I cover with another 6 inches of straw. Same problem here. The composition of a compound with molar mass 93 g/mol has been measured as:. Straw helps keep moisture in the soil which slows down evaporation. Did you know that if you had the proper equipment and knowledge, you could turn lead into gold? I live in a pretty hot summer climate (90 to 100 easily). Straw does hold moisture in the ground longer, but if your rain-soaked beds are 18-inches-high or taller, that's not a problem. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. I only put a thin layer (less than an inch) over my radishes and carrots as the seeds are directly sown. Try pet supply stores for straw if you can't find it at a garden centre. Hay is grown for animal feed and contains protein-rich seed heads that when spread over gardens sprout. Any process (beyond our present capabilities) that allowed tearing the atoms in straw into protons and neutrons, then assembling them into gold nuclei of 79 protons and 118 neutrons, could make gold out of anything. Suddenly, the girl heard the door creak open slowly. Straw mulch at the base of tomato and pepper plants also prevents that transfer of soil-borne diseases such as early blight to plant leaves. Having barely made a dent in the bale I bought, I decided that burying a whole layer of it about 8-12 inches down in my garden might help with moisture retention and as a sort of "slow release compost/fertilizer." A correction. So u plant just in the straw or in the ground? A thick blanket of straw keeps the moisture in soil, slowing evaporation radically. Submitted by penny place on May 27, 2016 - 9:28pm. They affect broad-leafed plants (like your garden veggies!) Actually, straw can be spun into gold. Like modern-day Rumpelstiltskins, lawyers and trustees may now have the opportunity to spin straw into gold by taking what was an irrevocable trust and changing it into a more desirable vehicle. The king is astonished that the girl could do this and decides to send her into an even bigger room of straw. I was told planting sweet potatoes would, but it didn't work. This may be hard to believe, but the concept of this fairy tale isn't so fa… Posted Jul 23, 2012 . Submitted by The Editors on June 26, 2012 - 2:44pm. In the story, straw turns into gold. Any thoughts? Forget turning straw into gold, farmers can turn trash into energy November 3, 2017 1.50am EDT Bernadette McCabe , Craig Baillie , University of Southern Queensland Submitted by Keith Norman on November 5, 2016 - 8:34pm. More info on MIgardener's youtube channel (search MIgardener core gardening). When next morning the king takes the girl to a larger room fille… At first, she only saw a large nose peaking out from behind the door. As I remove the straw after it's killed the grass, there are several animal holes underneath and I am afraid I am going to see a rat! Exactly! As an old farm girl (think 1950's and 60's!) Captain: Arrest him. The only other organic way I know is to dig them out, and that is quite a chore! Still have questions? Submitted by jordan on May 24, 2020 - 2:09pm, I'm new to gardening and don't have an irrigation system set up, so i'm using a hose with a spray nozzle to water my garden (about 15x15 feet). It is stored in barns or sheds, sometimes left covered in nearby fields. Sandra has been able to turn "straw into gold" (hence the title of her essay) by actually CHANGING the perceptions of her culture. They quickly grow into lanky, seedy plants that are difficult to control by either pulling or spraying. It is also documented to speed up composting. While this may not be possible in the literal sense, scientists are using sunlight to turn straw into something more valuable. This new process spins straw into gold. I am very interested in trying this method with newspaper and straw... we have lots of extra straw on the farm and I would love to try to use it in order to cut down on weeding time! Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on April 15, 2014 - 8:35pm. Very helpful during times of drought! Thank you very much for publishing this kind of article. The paper holds enough moisture close to the seed to aid germination. Any ideas on how I can get rid of these weeds? It lasts longer than straw, and is denser, so you would apply about 3 inches thick, keeping it a few inches away from woody plant trunks (to discourage rodents). Pulling the weeds is the best way to get rid of them. Forget turning straw into gold, farmers can turn trash into energy. Watering the garden once a week will be the norm, rather than every day or two. We came up empty-handed when researching the method. I heard mention of a gardening technique called "Core Gardening" but I cannot see any other references to it. My garden problems are minimal but I do have a big problem with thistles in our yard (2 acres), how do we get rid of them? Submitted by Eric on July 12, 2018 - 7:06pm. Hay has nothing to do with straw. Information about Paras stone. Nuclear transmutation is a very difficult process. Very busy he was, all night long. Submitted by Skinfan on June 20, 2012 - 3:49am. But all at once the door opened, and in came a little man, and said, good evening, mistress miller, why are you crying so. This prevents wheat from sprouting and does a great job of snuffing out weeds. I use a foot or two of straw atop the potato bed to grow clean potatoes that can be easily harvested. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. You can apply mulch once the soil is warmer than 75ºF. I've recently tried it again after not using it for over 20 years. Submitted by Peggy on May 18, 2016 - 6:25pm, Alfalfa hay unless it's Bermuda or Fescue, or mixed grass, Submitted by Nichole Lyman on April 9, 2014 - 4:23pm. I'm so disappointed that a Farmer's Almanac article would get such a basic distinction between hay (alfalfa) and straw (the left over plant body from small grains). Higher will produce more potatoes. Who was the man seen in fur storming U.S. Capitol? When she has given up all hope, an imp-like creature appears in the room and spins the straw into gold in return for her necklace (since he only comes to people seeking a deal/trade). should i pull the straw back and till? Forget turning straw into gold, farmers can turn trash into energy Written by Bernadette McCabe, Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, University of Southern Queensland Mention agriculture to many Australians and it conjures up images of mobs of cattle in the dusty outback, or harvesters gobbling up expanses of golden wheat. Start studying straw into gold. Whirr, whirr, whirr, until morning. ? Submitted by Scott p butler on November 2, 2013 - 11:43am. 16 COMMENTS. You can't add and subtract protons and neutrons to a nucleus at will. Get your answers by asking now. I put black mesh down before the wheat straw so I know it's not coming from the ground. Submitted by Skinfan on June 17, 2012 - 5:31am. Just to be correct, hay is from different plants, usually clover, timothy, or mixed grasses and they do contain seed heads. Thanks. They’re also slow to decompose and don’t tie up nitrogen or other nutrients in soil, making the perfect mulch. Perhaps you can aks your source for more information and share it with us? I like your article very much. I also don't have a clue where to find straw for organic gardening, I live in downtown Toronto. If your soil is already acidic, you will want to avoid them. I explore how to live with compassion, joy, and purpose in the midst of life’s challenges, especially chronic pain and illness. I direct sow most seeds and mulch with 6 inches of straw on top of the drip line and around each plant once the seedlings emerge, then another 6 inches of straw when the plants are 12 inches or more tall. That said, it certainly isn't hurting. I want to new people who are gardening to help understand another part of the "straw" and "hay" issue. You don’t want to use hay, as it will cause nightmares and plenty of weed pulling. TWEET. If you have, this isn't the first time you've heard of the idea of turning something fairly useless into gold. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on November 4, 2013 - 4:09pm. Read along for advice, photos, and more. The girl again begins to cry and then the creature appears again to cut another deal with her. Check organic gardening sites for nutgrass management strategies. The girl turned to the heaps of straw before her and, having no idea how to spin straw into gold, began to cry. I live in upstate NY and am concerned about attractign slugs and beetles with the straw. Mention agriculture to … Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on June 18, 2012 - 4:22pm. After that, I don't to a thing. It holds water for the bed and reduces watering needs to once every week or two. It may also be a soil-borne disease such as fulsarium wilt (there are others), brought on by failure to rotate crops. It’s pure carbon and has no protein. In my hot, dry climate where summer temps reach 100 to 110 at 12percent humidity, the soil stays perfectly moist 1 inch deep and all the way down with a watering schedule that is every other day for 10 minutes. Numerous garden centers stock straw, too. Is it ok for a layer of straw to get wet while watering the plants, since i don't use drop irrigation? I have spent hours an hours pulling wheat from my garden yet again, defeating the no-weeding goal. and thus are sprayed onto grass crops (like the grains from which come your straw!) Will either straw or hay kill nut grass? spontaneous combustion - how does it work? Definition of turn into (someone or something) in the Idioms Dictionary. I only pay $4 a bale, and the straw saves me hours of weeding, watering, and worrying. We’ve received only a tenth of normal rainfall and had a huge snow deficient last winter. They are drip fed so will the straw interfere with that? Straw will help keep down weeds and also keep the squash clean and more pest-free. Straw bales are inexpensive gold for gardens. Have you ever read the story of Rumpelstiltskin? Straw doesn't add any nutrients to the soil, but it can be used to break up clay. Submitted by Skinfan on July 4, 2012 - 4:55am. I can't say enough about the value of salt marsh hay. As long as the soil is receiving enough water then it should be OK. Submitted by TimCAD on June 30, 2012 - 8:18pm. Straw and gold share all the same subatomic particles. Trump backers claim riot was false-flag operation, Why attack on U.S. Capitol wasn't a coup attempt, New congresswoman sent kids home prior to riots, Coach fired after calling Stacey Abrams 'Fat Albert', $2,000 checks back in play after Dems sweep Georgia. It takes me years to remove the ever sprouting wheat from my garden. Submitted by susanmajp on June 27, 2012 - 11:19am. Custom programming and server maintenance by. Always leave the top two sets of leaves on each stem unburied so they can use sunlight for photosynthesis. "As anyone who has tried it knows, spinning is not a mindless task. Actually producing it from the grain scraps is very cheap. when we subject it to various metallurgical processes it gets converted to gold. If you leave it, it will turn into mulch! Yes, Trichoderma harzianum in combination with Mycorrhizae can serve as disease suppressants. I live in a very dry area and want to use something for water retention. Have you ever heard about this? Submitted by Gary Sutliff on June 23, 2013 - 9:33am. I live in drought-ridden TX just north of San Antonio. Straw will rot slightly over the winter, and you can use it again for mulch, adding more to maintain a six-inch or so layer of mulch. The straw keeps moisture in the dirt but you need good dirt or else you'll end up with clay soup underneath. Once upon a time there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. Submitted by Gayleen Bennington on March 18, 2015 - 5:48pm. Can u clearify the potato in the straw planting? Tubers form in the straw and crops are always bigger when I use the straw mulch. Submitted by joanQ on May 27, 2015 - 2:51pm. Bury your soaker hoses under it and you're all set. Apparently, the sugars from the molasses feed the microorganisms in the compost tea, and then those lil' critters start feeding on the sugars in the nutgrass rhizomes. “Turning Straw Into Gold” draws on many of the themes in my books. Jealousy Transforming Envy into Joy Envy can be turned into joy for the very person you envy. Captain: We'll see. Do you till the straw in after the harvest or do you remove it? Bales are huge; one will usually cover the garden. Please fact check before you continue posting this page. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on November 4, 2013 - 4:06pm. Spread over gardens sprout use as a mulch for tomatoes, beans peppers! 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