Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We're going to plant a garden in straw bales again.

I was remiss in sharing the final photographs of our straw bale garden from 2009. I found these photos in a draft from last October. oops. Must have been the bronchitis, the end of the camping season, a plethora of birthdays, and the 1,000 blog book pages on my plate that had me distracted.....

I think the photos speak for themselves....our experimental garden was a success! I'm much less nervous about gardening in straw bales this year. In fact, we're going to make it bigger than 11 bales - I want to add at least 6 more bales.

If you are interested in reading about our unique garden I've created a tab in my link bar that will show the ten posts I wrote on the subject. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page first so you can read them in order. You'll be able to see the plants grow before your eyes! If you have any questions on how you too can grow vegetables in straw bales leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them. If I can do this, anyone can!

9 comments:

Anonymous March 31, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

The Trib today (wednesday) had just such an article about straw bale gardening......DC

MamaBear March 31, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

The librarian was kind enough to copy it for me. It's written about the guy who taught the class I took. If anyone is interested in learning from an expert check out:

http://www.strawbalegardens.com

There are lots of classes being taught in this area.

Tiffany April 1, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

That is amazing! I have never heard of such a thing, but I know nothing about gardening. This will be my first year. I am excited! {grin}

Amy April 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM  

I love this! It really tempts me to do a garden. I've never done any gardening before though. I think I have some studying to do!

Snoozun' April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

How did you condition your bales?
do you put potting soil in the bale before planting?

inadvertent farmer April 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

Just read through your posts on your straw bale garden...great job. I use straw bales for making compost bins and lots of loose straw for the raised bed garden but have never planted directly into the bales. Great series...Kim

Anonymous April 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

What a wonderful blog. I have been gardening for many years, but would love to try this and plan to share it with my dad. He needs a way to enjoy his garden without bending so much (he's 81). Thanks for sharing about doing it the organic way. I WILL use you info this spring.

Cora from Hidden Riches April 12, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Can't wait to follow your straw bale gardening this year. I'm too late here in Florida to start it now, but want to do it in the fall. I've called around to find straw bales, but can only find the hay ones that you feed to animals. I've heard these are not good to use. Is that true????

Cora

Mocha Mama 24 April 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

Hey! I was just going to let you know that I haven't commented for quite some time, but we are doing straw bale gardening this year. I was inspired from you trying it last year. We got our bales yesterday from a local farmer. We are in urban Milwaukee with very little land, so I'm excited to see what we can do. How did you feel the organic fertilizer's ended up working for you? I can't decide what to buy for the conditioning of the bales.

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