Tomato plants flourish in straw bales, and no weeds or weeding! Check out the straw-bale gardening movement that has become one of this summer's hottest gardening trends. (AP Photo/Cool Springs Press, Tracy Walsh/Poser Design)

Bad soil? No soil? Plant in straw bales instead

Tomato plants flourish in straw bales, and no weeds or weeding! Check out the straw-bale gardening movement that has become one of this summer's hottest gardening trends. (AP Photo/Cool Springs Press, Tracy Walsh/Poser Design)

Tomatoes will tell you what they need!  Here's a cool graphic from  Homegrown.org... lots of interesting information there.

Tomatoes will tell you what they need! Here's a cool graphic from Homegrown.org... lots of interesting information there.

Persian Shield- gorgeous colors in shade especially; cut leaf, put in water to get roots, and poke in ground for more plants!  One of my favorite.

Persian Shield- gorgeous colors in shade especially; cut leaf, put in water to get roots, and poke in ground for more plants! One of my favorite.

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