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Comment by Di Hill on December 22, 2009 at 7:06pm
I am growing tomatoes in a bed made from straw bales left over from Perth's Royal Show. When they start to crumble I will use the straw for mulch on my permanant veggie gardens.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on December 19, 2009 at 11:19am
I really like the way straw bales look when planted. They compost where they are and still have a good production. I know that if you don't wet the bales down well to start and let them sit for a few days that it often just dries out. The victory gardens look great.
Spring seems a long way off for me here in the Colorado Rockies, but I have plans going already.
Comment by Jef Templeton on December 18, 2009 at 9:25am
Hello. A coulple of us tried straw bale gardening in our community garden last year with mixed results. Hoping to do better next year if I have the space.
I live in Marin County California which is the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. San Francisco has a big commitment to urban and community gardening and recently turned the front of city hall into a victory garden. http://www.sfvictorygardens.org/cityhall.html
They built the planting area walls out of long straw stuffed burlap sausages and then filled with soil. Very clever.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on August 26, 2009 at 1:57pm
Life has been hectic for me lately and I haven't been getting to my computer often as I would like. Welcome to the group Isabell Mary Strange. I look forward to chatting with you about gardening. The straw bale garden is a great idea. I have alot of paved area on the property and they make great containers. Next year they are going to have better sun.
Comment by Isabell Strange on August 25, 2009 at 8:13pm
I have just joined this group as I know nothing about straw bale gardens, but am intrigued
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on July 2, 2009 at 6:18pm
Well, I am going to be trying to replant the straw bales later in the season. It is just not doing well this season. I am going to have to try again when I get over this little bit of surgery tomorrow.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on May 15, 2009 at 4:30pm
I have decided to plant the bales that are at the end of the drive with a egg plant in the center, a squash on either side, and nastursium on the edges. That should make for a lovely colorful bed. I will get pictures posted as I go.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on May 7, 2009 at 3:18pm
I think that next time I will be using hessian or straw bale. This year I will follow the instructions I have to learn. I love using hessian as a backing for the hand hooked rugs around the house.
Comment by Janet Luke on May 7, 2009 at 12:12pm
Great idea about the spuds, I will try too using recycled hessian coffee bean bags from the local cafe, good luck!!
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on May 6, 2009 at 4:16pm
Not straw bale but it sounds like fun and it is raised ... kind of. I am going to be trying to grow potatoes in black plastic garbage bags. I have a couple that I had used for storage and are not good for much of anything else right now. You start them by folding them down to about six inches high. Put five potato eyes in the bag ... one in the center and four toward the sides. Fill with soil to about four inches. When the vine grows, unroll the edge a few inches, and fill with soil. When the vine dies just break the bag open and scatter the soil where you want it. I hear you can also get some volunteers, but who can be unhappy with more 'tatters.
 

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