Seasonal Salt Marsh Hay is here! Gardeners love salt marsh hay because its salt content resists rotting, it doesn’t pack down and smother plants, and it’s not weedy – how many dandelions have you seen growing in a salt marsh? It’s a strictly coastal product of the eastern US, and is seldom seen or heard of west of the Appalachians. It’s is harvested only when tides are low and the hay is dry so it’s sporadically and seasonally available. Buy it early because its limited, coveted quantity usually disappears from the market by mid-summer.
Until the 1930s, it was harvested using hand labor and draft horses. Here’s a neat article with great photos detailing how the farmers in Ipswich, Mass. would do this back in the day.
Lucerne Hay is also a very nice alternative to use as a mulch or to hold moisture or warmth in by your plants.