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... Straws Bale Gardens, Fish Meals, Straws Gardens, Straw Bale Gardening, Bones Meals, Straws Bail, Extensions, Bale Gardening Great, Bail Gardens
Raised garden using straw bales. I have the perfect place for these. I'd plant some cucumbers for sure as they will drape and cover this into a nice green mound by full summer.
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)
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.