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straw bale gardening | the Love of Family: How to plant a straw bale garden

Last year my straw bails didn't do so good. will try again this year

4 the Love of Family: straw bale gardening - good tips, plus recipes for organic fertilizer mixes.

  • Laura Myers

    I did a "horseshoe" arrangement like this. I will not do it again next year. It is impossible to get row covers to stay closed tight, which is essential for pest control. Straight rows only.

  • Carrie Pauly

    Sorry to hear about the pests Laura! Surprisingly we never had any pests so I didn't cover my bales.

  • Laura Myers

    Lucky you. I've got some aphids, white flies, leaf hoppers, and possibly spider mites. None of it terrible, but I'm trying to keep it under control. And slugs, but row covers won't keep those out - slug pellets really help. The garden LOOKS pretty arranged like this, I admit.

  • Carrie Pauly

    Wow! You can't catch a break! We had tomato hornworms once and I about died from fright when I spotted the first huge one. Good luck!

The Agatelady: Adventures and Events: Straw Bale Gardening

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)

  • Samson Hu

    Love it!

  • Buster Vegas

    If you like raised gardening this has gotta be cats meow. Short bale is around 5 bucks in Vegas and can work wonders in our dry heat. Add some horsie manure (not alot) and vegetable scraps to the bales and here in the desert, lots of water

  • Vicky Bailey

    Sandra, was it bees or was it wasps? Maybe Yellow Jackets? I am very curious. I have been around honey bees my whole life and have never heard of this. I have heard that the African Bees that many call killer bees behave somewhat differently, but I have no real experience with those. Do you have pictures? Please don't take offence, I seriously am just very curious.

  • marcia mckinnon

    Not bees--sounds like yellow jackets. They hive up beneath dog houses ,in the ground under old boards, porch steps, anywhere dry and can sting like the devil. They would not be under a WET straw bale being used as a garden bed.

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Straw Bale Gardening For Quick Fall Gardening

STRAW BALE GARDEN - I'm going to give this a try. Have not been able to have a vegetable garden since moving in to a house with nothing but clay and rocks. Anything that I have planted has been in a container. :-(

Growing Sweet Potatoes in Straw Bales ...I believe this could be used to prep bales for all kinds of plants, including ornamentals if one was inclined...and I might be.