Saturday, May 24, 2014

Straw Bale Gardening

Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Have you heard of straw bale gardens? I learned of these last season, but did not have a bale in which to try it. With all the other planting options I have, I thought if I needed to try a straw bale garden, the good Lord would provide one instead of me buying them. Well, this year He did! I have to tell you, this is pretty simple, short and sweet, unlike many of my posts. There is really not much to this. It's so simple, in fact, I didn't have enough info or pictures to make a whole tutorial!

First, get a straw bale. For more information on straw vs. hay, check out my Potato Tower post. 

Then soak it down with fertilizer of your choice and wait for the center of the bale to begin to heat up and break down. Or just use a hay bale that has sat out in the weather for a year. Ok, so I didn't do this part. In my haste to get it planted, somehow that simple step got missed. If you haven't figured me out yet, I'm sort of a jump-in-and-figure-it-out-later type of gardener.

Next, pack a little bit of potting soil or compost on the top of the bale for your seeds to start out with. In my case, I had tomato seedlings ready to plant, so I dug a little hole in the bale, put the root ball there, then used soil to fill in the space above that and on top of the bale to plant my tomato deeper like you would in the ground.

Then just let it grow! I water mine a bit more frequently than the rest of the garden since I didn't wait for the bale to break down. Plus I will probably use some fertilizer on it for that same reason. This first year may not work out well, but I'll have it down by next year by gum! It will be fun to see! As always, I'll keep you updated.

Happy Gardening!

Jen Hen

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