Hay Bale Gardening

Aug. 20, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

P1010795 P1010794Gentle Gardens always says…you can take the girl out of the country…but you can’t take the country out of the girl.  Straw-Hay Bale Gardening…Mom used to do it.  Sometimes the straw would become moldy and we wouldn’t use it for bedding in the barn.  What do you do with moldy straw…put it in the garden of course.  So, the bales would be used as a border around a part of the large garden, we would water them down in the fall, several times so they would heat up and be conditioned for seedling roots. In the spring, Mom would add soil and composted manure to the top of the bales.  Then she would plant tomatoes, 2 per bale, bell peppers, cukes, lots of lettuce and other herbs.  Mom wanted a pretty garden…she planted strawberries on the sides of the bales and sometimes four o’clocks at the base. The earthworms loved it and very few pests find the plants up high.  She planted potatoes in 5 gal feed buckets. Bumper crops. smile.

This is an excellent way to eliminate the heavy lifting of traditional gardening, it allows those with a physical limitations an easy access to the higher surfaces and if you have low soil quality or limited space, well, you will love the low cost, flexibility in garden placement and great performance.

Gentle Gardeners…try it, you’ll like it.

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