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Growing fiber for mulch? (e.g. jute/kenaf)

mik-
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:22:47 GMT

After reading through the burlap sack discussion and included links, I am curious about growing jute/kenaf on the farm to use as mulch (either in place or hedge trimmed at ground level and raked elsewhere). Not sure yet about unit economics, but would this produce more workable/non-seedy biomass than straw? Has anyone grown kenaf/jute before? What are the effects on the soil? How is managing it? Flax doesn't seem as practical for this because it requires richer soil. Hemp seems like a pricey mulch option.

farmerjesse
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:06:01 GMT

This is a cool idea. No idea the viability of it, but I love the idea of growing more of our own mulches like that. Hemp is one I would definitely be interested in (and we’ve talked on this forum about silage and the risks, but maybe the raw unfermented product would have some better applicability).