Tom Connolly wrote:...maybe even make a kind of quilt, with the "padding" being compost, soil, nutrients, etc....think of it as a way of comforting the earth :)
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Hay mats here in Arkansas are used by the highway department for seeding the berms of overpasses on freeway construction projects.
s. ayalp wrote:I don't think using hay will be any different than straw on strength-wise. Hay has seeds though. Besides, hay will be green when cut. Green material can jam the machine (maybe?) Differences between hay and straw (str and building-wise) is very well explained in this post: Using hay for cob?
Yeah, Just click on "link" in the first post of mine. Here again: (Specifications of that particular model )
Chris Kott wrote:I missed that one entirely.
Why would one use hay at all? Wouldn't the use of hay as opposed to straw be really wasteful at best, and risk being nibbled at worst?
I say harvest the hay, weave the straw into mats.
If I were designing the process from scratch, it would take the straw, stitch a bottom layer, be sprayed with some sort of binding agent, maybe an oxygenated compost extract, and then dusted with the seed mix.
It would then get a straw mat top layer and exit the machine, to be pegged to the ground. Maybe finished compost would follow the seed mix before the top layer of straw matting, or maybe it would work to spread finished compost out overtop of the mats.
Either way, that might be a great way to kickstart soil life.
EDIT: legumes would only be able to make up a fraction of the feed, if thr pasture was intended to feed ruminants, I think like a maximum of 20%, but my figures might be high. Too high a percentage of legumes will cause bloat.