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Hay Bale Gardening

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

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.

Common earthworms in the garden are helpful in aerateing and mixing the soil…there are no native earthworms in MN…