No Good Soil ? No problem. Straw Bale Grows Tons of Vegetables Without Soil - A Must Watch Video

Poor-soil? No soil? Or do you have a hard time bending down?

If any of these sound familiar, then straw bale gardening is a fantastic gardening alternative! Straw bale gardening uses decomposing straw bales instead of soil to grow-vegetables. It's similar in concept to raised-bed gardening with a much cheaper price tag.
These tips will help you set up and garden successfully using straw bales!

1.Use straw bales.
Bales come in two varieties: straw and hay. Straw is the byproduct of the grain-industry and contains only the hollowed out stem of plants such as wheat, barley and oats. Hay-bales often contain a variety of dried grasses and many seeds; hay bales are usually cheaper but they will become weedy and break-down too quickly. Bales can be purchased at some garden center or sourced directly from farmers. They are more available for purchase in the fall after grain harvest.

2. Position bales.
Lay a couple layers of newspaper or weed-block fabric under the area you plan on putting your bales, to prevent weeds from coming up from the ground. Bales can be placed on your concrete-driveway, on top of your existing garden-soil, or anywhere else you'd like to garden.

3. Twine
Bales are held together with 2-3 strands of baling-twine, keeping the bale in its telltale rectangular shape. Make sure this twine is not severed as it will allow the bale to fall-apart. Bales should be laid on their sides with the narrow-side up so the twine is parallel to the ground.

water the bales heavily for few days prior to planting. You need some well-rotted compost to start your plants in. You don’t need a lot, but just enough to fill the holes you make in the bales for planting the seedlings. A pound of compost for each planting-hole is more than sufficient, but some gardeners use a layer of compost on the entire-surface of the bale-bed.

You can plant either seeds or seedlings. Many gardeners prefer to seed their straw bales because the root-system gets a better chance at spreading extensively into the straw-bed. Straw bales provide good insulation and the slowly decomposing-straw bales keep the roots-warm.

The straw bales may provide a steady supply of nutrients to the plants as they slowly-decompose, but it may not be sufficient to support a large number of plants. You can use any type of fertilizer as you would normally use in regular-gardening. Overuse should be avoided, though.

Almost any type of veggies and fruits that you raise annually can be planted, but it may not be a bad-idea to avoid large plants like corn or big, spreading-pumpkins.

A good gardener wastes nothing. Straw-bales after a season’s crop may not be suitable for another-season, especially in places where warmer temperatures and rainfall break-down the bales at a faster-rate.
• The straw can be used as mulch elsewhere in the garden.
• There are still plenty of nutrients in the spent-straw, so you can add-it to the compost-pile for complete-breakdown.

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