Question ...

I recently acquired a bale of hay (not straw) from a school nativity play. I had imagined using this in my compost heap. Is this OK? Any tips would be useful!

Answer ...

Hay is fine to add to the garden compost heap. It has a high source of carbon and significant amounts of potassium. We recommend that you chop or shred the hay first (spread it out and run the mower over it). Remember to mix the hay with green material which will heat up the heap and help it to decompose quicker. Make sure the hay is not too dry, soak with water, if necessary.

Hay can also be used as a mulch around fruit trees during the spring and summer months, providing food and retaining moisture in the soil.

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