Have looked into hay bale gardening, and it's definitely something I'll consider. Thank you!If you have a lot of rain that keeps the soil water logged, you might look at hay bale gardening. I am growing potatoes and sweet potatoes in hay bales this year. In years past, I grew a variety of cucurbits in hay bales with good success. But, this year, I am particularly pleased with the taters and SP in the hay bales. So much so, that I plan to move my potatoes out of the garden next year, and set up a 10 bale bed in the orchard strictly for potatoes. May do an other 10 bales for cucurbits. Are raised beds an option for you? You might do a raised bed, with clamps to secure 10' long PVC pipe to make hoops over the RB, so you could easily put plastic over one or more beds as needed to turn it into a hoop tunnel.
The area I'm planning to grow has been "processed" by a couple of pigs, and looks like a disaster area now. Haha! But the earth still need to be turned and worked on with a tractor to be useful, and equipment like that costs money. So hay bales seems to be a good alternative for year one. Plus the added benefits of fertilizer for the earth after harvest!