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    • Straw should not sprout. Hay will as it has seeds in it still. straw cost a dollar or two more but it’s worth it.

  1. Worth doing, at least for some specialised veges and for the learning curve, because so much of practical value will be observed as the straw decomposes and becomes part opf the soil environment. However if you are gardening for food, to survive you can forget this on a larger scale. It is not going to feed you. Strawberries, herbs this year’s carrots, whatever but just don;t think you’re going to grow a survival garden in straw bales. Also most straw has some seed, so will sprout but not so hard to control.

  2. you could probably use the straw as a border & create a raised bed with 4 bales or use them to create a foundation for a green house. You can also use them to “hold” your compost pile.

  3. What a great idea. I live in an area that has very hard ground so this will work great. Love the fact that the tomatoes and green bean are easy to stake also. And straw bales are so easy to come by.

  4. This is a good idea and the picture shown on Facebook with the black plastic was a very good idea. I give you an A for effort but you plant choice was way way off. I would use it for peppers, eggplants and tomatoes to be able to use beds for rotating crops.. Used with the plastic mulch you could use an area that didn’t have the soil to garden area in. Could be used next to tall fence in the south that shading in the afternoon and evening and get relief from sun

  5. The concept is great, but it requires a lot of TLC as the straw dries out quickly. You can help by putting black plastic around the bale. It also requires careful and constant fertilization. Every one I know who has tried this type of garden was disappointed.

  6. This is a great way to begin to enrich hard depleted suburban lawn soil and to start filling raised beds with soil and organic matter when topsoil has been removed or degraded.

  7. I really want to try this with our lettuces this year. Hoping it means less rabbit chewing and less bending over for me ~ and added bonus that I won’t have to till the ground first.

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