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straw bale planting solution. In past years just lined up the straw bales in a row, and planted in them as they composted. This year set up in more square formation, wrapped in mesh wire, staked and topped with previously composted straw bale and new compost.
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)