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Update: Strawberries, Raspberries, Jerusalem artichokes

08 Apr 2011
Cloudy 18°C / 64°F

The strawberries are continuing to grow super fast, the raspberries are just starting to break dormancy (little green leaves have appeared on the previously dead-looking sticks), and 3/4 of the Jerusalem artichokes have sprouts above the soil line.

Unfortunately, the wheat straw that I used to mulch my strawberry / raspberry bed is growing wheat grass!


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Oops! Well, some people throw it in the blender with their smoothies.

Posted on 11 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

Wheat grass is also used as a cat treat, but it’s not very transportable in its current form, and our cats are indoor-only. Still pondering that one… :)

Posted on 11 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

lol…note to self….do not use wheat straw as cover…Thanks for the tip!

Posted on 12 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

I’ve always been told that hay has seeds (so shouldn’t be used as mulch), but straw doesn’t. So this was an unpleasant surprise, and I don’t THINK that it’s representative. This was my first try. I might give wheat straw one more chance before condemning it.

Posted on 12 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)
whirliegig

whirliegig

Folia Helper

United States6a

You are correct that straw is supposed to have very little seed. The farmer is supposed to come in with a combine and cut the seed heads off before cutting the remaining stalks and baling it. Of course some shorter grasses will grow, or the combine will miss, or the farmer isn’t as honest as they should be because straw earns more money. I’d suggest shaking out the straw to remove as many seeds as possible. =)

Posted on 13 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

I was rushing when I spread out the straw on the day that I planted the bare root strawberries and raspberries – yesterday when I was weeding the wheat grass out of the bed I noticed several intact wheat seed heads. So I think that if I’m more careful about looking for and removing those when I use the next bale, that should minimize future problems…

Posted on 14 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

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