Straw bale gardens and those who love them
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There is a very good book - No-work Garden book, by Ruth Stout, probably out of print - my copy bought second hand about 1980 was published in 1971. This type of gardening has been going on for years, and it works. She was American - and never had any problems, except for people who didn't believe gardening could be so easy.
Make a hole in the straw and pot in a handful or two of compost and plant in that. I used this method to start my garden in 1987. It works a treat.
Hi guys, I just got around to have enough interest to try out straw bale gardening 2 weeks before Spring. I realized that you have to let the straw bale sort of mature over winter before you can plant into it. Is there a way to kick start the process? I am not planning to grow food out of it, but to merely plant clovers in it.
Hi. Just wanted to post a link to a local TV piece on the strawbale demo gardens we now have in Willits.
Worked out pretty good.
Willits Community Television
ust wanted to Howdy! We are trying out an experimental strawbale garden at the local community garden in Willits, Ca. in redwood country a couple hours north of SF. Added about four cups of bird guano to each bale in early April. Inside temps have not reached more than 80 degrees after about a month of being watered about an hour a day with a soaker hose. The mission is to grow a lot of flowers and vegetables, but also to generate soil on top of the river rocks and clay currently making up the front yard of an office bldg.
Hi. I want to build a large experimental straw bale garden but a friend told me to watch out for rats and mice who like to nest in them.
If so, what is a good organic defense?
Willits, CA (Mendo)
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