From WV Extension- Days 1 to 3: Water the bales thoroughly and keep them damp. Days 4 to 6: Sprinkle each bale with ½ cup urea (46-0-0) and water well into bales. You can substitute bone meal, fish meal, or compost for a more organic approach... Luscious Straws, Wvu Extensions, Straws Bale, Hay Bail Gardening, Straws Bail, Extensions Service, Bale Gardens, Bale Gardening Great, Bail Gardens
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Once you have your bales placed where you want them, the next step is to soak them thoroughly. You will want to do this about 10 days before beginning to plant anything in them. The bales will heat up when wet, and the heat will potentially harm any seeds or plants. If the weather is warm, you will need to water the bales more than once. After 5 to 7 days, the bales will cool down and you can begin to plant.