Some folks don't like wheat straw but I've been using it for years and love it. It's not too expensive and, after my garden is finished, we disk it into the soil to help improve it. Some seeds will be present in a bale of wheat straw and will sprout but are easily pulled out and I add the clumps to my compost bin.
I use straw every year and haven't had much problems with it. You will get the occasional weed seeds (sometimes a lot of fox tail) but I like it because it doesn't mat down real fast and allows for good irrigation. (I often use a watering can)
It decomposes fast adding organic matter to the soil.
I've been thinking the same thing. Next year I want to put in a drip irrigation and straw overtop. Here's what my research has turned up... 1. Straw can slightly deplete nitrogen so I will work in a good compost first. 2. To help cut down on this and reduce weed seed buy it in the fall and let it sit out overwinter to reduce weeds and to get it started breaking down. 3. At the end of the season till it under.
This sounds good to me! I can use it for fall decoration then use it to construct a cold storage for my root vegetables and thenas a mulch and finally tilled in as compost! That's my plan anyway! I'll certainly follow this thread for any more advice or suggestions!
depends on the straw types you use, and if you do let it compost before tilling it won't turn into brix mixed with dirt, then baked by the sun, like grass compost tho, it is a very fine dirt once its broken down-almost a silt. some folks burn it like the leaves before turning under...
I never burn leaves or straw before disking it into the soil either and my soil looks fantastic. After years of disking leaves and straw in, I have a real good crop of worms too--didn't have any at first.
There are those who are contrary enough to burn on their garden and swear of its benefits. I have had done it in areas of my 1/2 acre garden but never seen any ill effects or great benefits. Just a great way to rid myself of late fall brush