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Straw Bale Gardening is a very clever and becoming a popular way of container gardening.   The straw bale itself takes the place of containers, with the outer crust of the bale forming the holder. The actual straw inside the bale will start to break down and will become conditioned.  The actual process of this decomposition makes the interior of the bale a moist nutrient-rich environment in which seedlings will root and thrive.  The actual conditioning should start a good few weeks before you start planting.  This technique works anywhere in the world, it is just a case of being familiar with the type of climate you live in.

As you can see this type of gardening is particularly beneficial if you have poor soil. As long as you get sunlight and moisture this will work for you.  You don’t require any special tools, you don’t have to break your back turning over the soil. You don’t even have to buy expensive container and fill it with compost.  The medium in which your crops will grow is perfect.

Let’s take a look at the first important step which is conditioning the bale.  The video below educates you,  and will show you exactly how to condition your straw bales so that you can grow your own vegetables  in them as well as highlight  the many benefits of this gardening method. 

The most beneficial point I noticed is the control of bugs that happen naturally!

Let’s take a look at how we begin, the following article is an informative source

Straw Bale Gardening

 

You can toss the dice like I did and purchase straw bales from your local garden center, but it’s best to source them direct from the farm. If you want to garden organically, the person at the garden center won’t likely know how the straw was grown. To help connect farmers with growers, Karsten has set up a user-generated marketplace, but it’s still too small to be useful to most gardeners. Remember, straw is easiest to come by in the fall. If you arrange your straw bale garden before the winter, you’ll be all set to plant when springtime comes.  Continue reading the full article here

Excellent information and the author didn’t leave a stone unturned!  One of the things I noticed is the before and after photos.  I must admit that straw bale gardening can look a little unsightly, but once those crops start to flourish then wow what a difference.

befoe and after straw bale gardening

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Let’s take a look at one of the most popular crops.

 

Growing Potatoes

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24 Comments to Diy Straw Bale Gardening

  1. Mushrooms sprouted and I have wheat growing so far lol. I used a sponge soaked with vinegar and soap on the wheat today and hopefully will be planting strawberries, potatoes and few other things tomorrow.

  2. It is my understanding that most wheat and grain fields are sprayed with round up, which is very toxic! Straw is bailed once the grain has been harvested. Any thoughts?

  3. I would say shop around, as this type of gardening is becoming popular it is possible to find bale sources that haven’t been treated. The other thing to consider is that roundup breaks down and becomes harmless very rapidly. If the bale has been standing a good few weeks in sunlight the chances are all round up residue will have gone.

  4. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, on Friday announced that glyphosate was neither completely safe, nor a known carcinogen, but placed it into an in-between category as a probable cancer-causing agent. ….source your bales from certified organic farms or from someone you know who does not use pesticides …

  5. This is what mine are doing as well. The “cut side” on our bales around here is on the side with the twine. The instructions I have said not to plant them work the string up. I have a couple yet to plant and I think I’m going to turn them and plant them on the cut side any way.

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