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Can you use two year old bales of straw or hay to grow a garden? it’s been in a barn for 2 years.

joanlinfo added on September 20, 2019 | Answered

The bales are two years old. Will we still have nutrients once I break down with nitrogen?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 20, 2019

It will, still, have nutrients in it, though adding nitrogen is not going to break it down, rather it will contribute to the nutrient content. You will still have to add phosphorus and potassium, along with all of the micro and trace nutrients. Straw alone won't contain a whole lot to begin with.

These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/fertilizer-numbers-npk.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/how-to-compost-hay-bales.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/ultimate-beginners-guide-composting.htm

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