Barley Straw Mulch

Rated 4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings



Looking for mulch but don't have a farm in your backyard?

We have access to an abundance of straw and are happy to ship you some for your small garden. Larger gardens will benefit from sourcing locally. 

This barley straw is not certified organic but comes from a local farm. There isn't a need to spray for pests and most of the local farms use chicken manure as the cheapest means to fertilize etc. There will be some foreign dried plant material as there always is with any straw bales.

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1 Cubic Foot of straw doesn't weigh much but will easily mulch 6-12 plants depending on the depth of mulch and the size of the container. The straw is compressed when baled and we do not fluff it up before packaging. So 1 bag will hold more than you think.

Approximate measurements:
Large Bag - Good for 1-3 plants
1/2 Cubic Foot Bag - Good for 5-10 Plants
1 Cubic Foot Bag - Good for 6-12 Plants
20 lb Box (Fluffed) - This is a 30x18x18 box is uncompressed barley straw from our compressed bales.
35 lb Box - This is a 30x18x18 box that we stuff full of compressed barley straw.

The weight of the boxes may vary, but we will always get them as full as possible!

Free Bonus - This barley straw will have seeds in it still and you will have volunteer "Living Barley Mulch" in your containers. This living barley will move moisture around in your soil container and provide additional root exudates to feed the microlife. 

If you have been waiting to mulch until you get a round to it.... Well that day is today.

Add a box of Barley Straw to your shopping cart and take your garden to the next level.

Top dress your containers for a sweet barley straw mulch layer

Barley Straw Mulch

Large Bag:

Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 4.5 

Weight: 0.75 lbs

1/2 Cubic Foot Bag:

Dimensions: 11.3 x 12 x 4.3 

Weight: 1.5 lbs

1 Cubic Foot Bag:

Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 

Weight: 2.8 lbs

35 lb Box:

Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 30 

Weight: 35 lbs

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The go-to mulch layer for no-till / living soil

BAS barley straw mulch is the perfect mulch layer for keeping moisture locked into the soil beneath it and it allows for my red wigglers to come closer to the surface to compost thus producing more nitrogen closer to the rhizosphere. This along with some BAS cover crop that I cut back in flower provides plenty of mulch. This straw doesn’t break down too fast either and is great for Protozoa teas. Do it!

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Difficult item for me to source locally so having the option to purchase it directly from a trusted source is tremendously helpful.

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Makes great mulch

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Bigger than I thought

The bale may have been a bit too much for my 4x4 bed lol! I have used maybe a fifth of the box..GOOD DEAL if you cannot find locally.

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