Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cheapskate Garden Tip 6

Make Friends With An Obese Cow
My friend Cathy // is in the alfalfa hay business, and she suggests that gardeners make friends with an obese cow. Cows produce lots of fertilizer. Just be sure to season the manure since fresh manure will burn your plants.

Being in the alfalfa hay business she told me they have customers ask to come and sweep out their barn, and then use the hay scraps in their garden for mulch, soil lightening and fertilizer value.

You can also offer to sweep up at a feed store that handles alfalfa and use those scraps on your garden. This is win win for you and the store or rancher since you do the sweeping, they have less hay scraps to dispose of, and your garden gets the benefit of free hay.