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Garden: Straw Bale

Investigating the allure of straw bale gardening. No weeding, tilling, or squatting. Is it too good to be true?

14 juin 2013 suite

Hay bale garden in the Sierra Foothills of California. Mix of organic wheat, oat, and barley. Zone 7. 2,400 feet.

Hay bale gardening in the Sierra Foothills of California. Elevation 2,4000. Zone 7. Bale is mix of organic wheat, oat, and barley.

My hay bale garden in the Sierra Foothills of California. Elevation 2,4000. Zone 7. Bale is mix of organic wheat, oat, and barley.

My hay bale garden in the Sierra Foothills of California. Elevation 2,4000. Zone 7. Bale is mix of organic wheat, oat, and barley.

My hay bale garden in the Sierra Foothills of California. Elevation 2,4000. Zone 7. Mix of organic wheat, oat, and barley.

My hay bale garden in the Sierra Foothills of California. Elevation 2,4000. Zone 7. Organic mix of wheat, oat, and barley.

Grasping at Straw: Straw Bale Gardening article in the New York Times.

10 Advantages to Straw-Bale Gardening. The easiest way to garden! You don't even need soil or much space!

10 Advantages to Straw-Bale Gardening - With Elephant Grace

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Vertical growing strawberries -this is like straw bale gardening extreme version

Wrap straw bales in bamboo--refill with fresh straw each year? Could that work?

  • Erika Spence

    That is what I did. The tricky part is getting the bamboo to stay stiff and upright. We cut down b. screen, used wire hangers to create "staples" and poked them through the b. screen. It looks better (our garden is in our oversized driveway), but as I mentioned, it is hard to get the screen to stay vertical. Maybe use a thicker screen?