This question recently arrived in our email inbox,
I read Ann Raver’s article in the NYT about your life and gardening. I garden and compost in Lakeville, CT not far from Pine Plains. I have a situation that perhaps you can help me with. I see you have ponds. I have a very deep iron ore pond almost 2 acre and very deep and deliciously swimable. Recently annoying weeds have begin to grow because leaves fall into the pond and create rich soil for plants. I was told that if I put barley straw into the pond in winter it would alleviate this problem. The online suppliers only sell small amounts of barley straw for decorative pools.
So, do you have any suggestions of where I can obtain large amounts of barley straw? Agway in Millerton, NY gave me the name of someone in Hillsdale, NY but he said he stopped growing it due to lack of sales. I would be so appreciative of help in this matter.