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Affordable Straw Bale Garden: Arrange and water the bales daily for 3-4 weeks before planting. Then plant seeds/seedlings with a little seed-starting mix. Use soaker hoses to water. Bales break down and can be removed or left to break down over the winter and then tilled into the ground.
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)