Straw bale gardening

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Robin'sBrood, May 28, 2008.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Has anyone else ever done this? This is my first year doing it and so far, so good. Here is where I learned about it (click on "How to Grow a Straw Bale Garden") http://www.carolinacountry.com/curmag/past/march08.html

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    is just after I transplanted my plants into the bales on April 29

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    and these were taken on May 23rd

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    okra
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    yellow squash
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    cucumber
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    watermelon (planted 2 weeks later than everything else)
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  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Never saw that done, that is just to cool. That just gave me an idea for next year. Thank you.
     
  3. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I've never done this but, I talked about it with my wife this spring and we are going to try it next year. I'd like to know how it turns out.
     
  4. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I guess my question is, what are the benefits?
     
  5. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen that before - very neat!

    What are the shrubs/trees growing in the background? I need something that tall and thick on the back perimeter of my property!
     
  6. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    That is cool, almost a disposable garden.
     
  7. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    We grow tomato plants in straw bales mixed with a little compost. We put in compost to give the plants nutrition to the straw starts to turn into compost. The main benefit to this is the straw release nutrition slowly.

    You may get some more reponse if you post this at the www.theeasygarden.com

    Good luck
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Looks good! If I left a bale to sit out all summer and winter, I'd probably just have a moldy pile of straw that was only 1/8th of the way decomposed.
     
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:No weeding! I do have wheat sprouting from the bales, but I just take scissors and give it a hair cut. I've only had to do that once, but it's about time again. Hey, would my chickens like some fresh wheat?
     
  10. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Quote:10 year old Leyland Cyprus trees. They were tiny when I planted them in October '97.
     

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