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Pictures of my first straw bale gardening efforts  This has been very easy gardening The plants I've planted seem to be doing very well  It has even allowed me to plant my tomato plants a little earlier

 

 

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I've seed a lot lately about straw bale gardening.  I began a new way of gardening last year.  I have gardened my entire adult life.  The way that I garden now is the most amazing experience I have ever had in my life.  I only watered my garden 5 times last year (when the drought was going on!!!).  It is absolutely AMAZING.  There is a man, Paul Gautchi who developed this method of gardening.  He has made a movie of instruction which is free to the world to watch on line.  I can tell that everything he teaches in this video is absolutely true.  I'm so grateful to have discovered it.  Go here, and scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll be able to watch the movie.  It has transformed the way I garden for the rest of my life.

 

Kelly


Edited by Keltara - 4/20/13 at 11:44am

I'm Kelly

My Blog! Our Country Chronicles

Married mom of 2 precious little girls, 2 cats, 5 Buff Orpington hens,

and owner of the Swimming Chickens! 

The greatest gift in life....John 3:16

I am so grateful for Romans 10:9-13

 

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I'm Kelly

My Blog! Our Country Chronicles

Married mom of 2 precious little girls, 2 cats, 5 Buff Orpington hens,

and owner of the Swimming Chickens! 

The greatest gift in life....John 3:16

I am so grateful for Romans 10:9-13

 

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How neat, dianehodges! 

 

I haven't heard of straw bale gardening and we have a very horrid yard (very hard and no way of tilling it right now) so we haven't been able to plant anything really well. Grass wont even grow that much. This would be a great way! i will have to give it a go some time. Going to try to find some information about it online. 

 

Could you tell me a bit more about it? 

It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch...

 

 

 

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It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch...

 

 

 

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We started a straw bale garden this year too. Haven't had to water since we planted a month ago. Still having late freezes though so have waited to plant more.

Robbo - this is what we did on advice from someone near us who use this method.
1) stack straw bales in whatever shape you want. We did straight single row in a horseshoe pattern.
2) for 3 days water the bales until water runs out the bottom of them
3) for three more days cover each bale with 1/2 cup blood meal or other high nitrogen fertilizer and water well
4) for three more days cover each bale with 1/4 cup of the same and water some more
By now your bales should be getting a little bit warm.
5) use a regular fertilizer on them watering well each day for another day or two til not quite so warm
6) cut a trench in them or individual holes for each plant - we cut a trench 6" wide and 6" deep down the middle of each one and filled it with soil
7) plant away
We used the straw that was pulled out of the bale as a mulch after planting. Ours are also on a concrete surface, an old unused driveway that we can't remove. So far everythings doing great. Ready to plant much more!

We looked like nutcases watering bales of straw for the week or so but then again our neighbors already think we're nuts.

Barred rocks, red sex link, silver wyandotte, white leghorns, mottled cochin banty, silkie, blue swedish and khaki campbell ducks, meat rabbits, white holland turkeys, turtles, cats, and as much garden space as one can cram into a small urban yard half given over to the chickens

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Barred rocks, red sex link, silver wyandotte, white leghorns, mottled cochin banty, silkie, blue swedish and khaki campbell ducks, meat rabbits, white holland turkeys, turtles, cats, and as much garden space as one can cram into a small urban yard half given over to the chickens

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This is so neat. Do you know if there is a problem with hay or grass taking over eventually?

Please keep posting. We're anxious to see how it all goes for you.

Thanks

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I was thinkin of doing a few bales too, great idea!  show more pics.yesss.gif

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   a country gal, Live in Ga. half the yr & fl the other half. Retired.

Love GOD & support our Veterans.

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