Straw Bale Gardens

Sometime in the near future, I’m going to be establishing a couple of straw bale garden areas because it’s a fabulous way to add volume to areas of land that need more soil and at the same time create rich soil that doesn’t deplete itself right away.

I’ve been reading about this method of gardening and find myself very impressed with the results and the positive impact it has on the land. Not having to pull weeds and do deep bend downs is a huge plus too.

Straw Bale Gardens

One of the best websites on the subject was Deberosa’s Homestead Weblog with excellent photos documenting the whole process. I’ll be documenting my efforts at straw bale gardening as well when I get to that point.

Set up the bales and run the soaker hose around the top

Pitfalls of Straw Bale Gardening

One thing I will point out that most articles did not, is to get straw bales that are chemical free so you’re not growing your garden plants in chemicals that they will absorb. That should be a no brainer, but it’s worth the reminder to ask before you buy the straw bales.

I also think the water usage for this type of garden is higher because it’s all above ground and will air out faster, but that’s also what would make it decompose properly. You don’t want mold, so I don’t want to cover it. I’m thinking of putting a short frame around mine for support and to make it look nicer since mine will be in a small space yard.

Straw Bale Gardens  are a great way to grow veggies, greens and herbs and once they compost they make  a great start on a regular garden area.

More to come on this project!

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