Roll Out the Mulch

West of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest farmers make haylage instead of hay. You’ve seen those gigantic marshmallow looking things in fields and stacked high in dairies. It’s wet enough that waiting for dry weather can be like rolling dice. Haylage is like sour kraut for cows, it gets pickled as the damp grass stays sealed over the seasons. It smells pickley too. Inevitably people miscalculate how much they need or some spoils and if you are lucky they might just give it away. We use them for mulch.

Haylage bales aka marshmallows

We scored two bales, all our truck could carry. One bale nicely covers a four foot wide bed and gives about 180 ft of coverage. Nice mulch if you can get it.

This bale was soaking wet and it took both of us to roll it out – but someone had to take the action shot!

We are happily taking truckloads of organic cow poo to the farm again. We chatted about business plans while pitching pies and mixing in carbon. No pic of that but you know the process. 🙂


About M. Agriculteur

Designer, motorcycle junkie, traveler, wanna-be iron butter (more butt than iron), builder, foodie, farmer wanna-be.
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3 Responses to Roll Out the Mulch

  1. Pingback: WORLD ORGANIC NEWS | Roll Out the Mulch | Le Petit Canard FarmWORLD ORGANIC NEWS

  2. Ru says:

    That’s an interesting post. I see them sometimes when we drive through the Midlands here in SA and I always wondered why they covered the bales like that. Do the animals actually eat the fermented hay?

    • Yes they do! Fermented hay is easier to digest, there’s no dust and it’s easier to store in wetter climates. These bales got too wet and started to mold which is why we got them and used them for mulching garden beds. Haylage is different from silage which is much more fermented and has more nutrients.

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